Phil Chisnall dead at 78: Ex-Man Utd star who was last to make direct transfer to Liverpool passes away

MANCHESTER UNITED have announced legendary former striker Phil Chisnall has died aged 78.

The late star was the last player to be transferred between the Red Devils and rivals Liverpool in 1964.

His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

A United statement read: “We are saddened by the passing of our former forward, Phil Chisnall.

“Phil was a product of our famed youth system and represented the club during Sir Matt Busby's tenure.

“Our deepest sympathies are with his loved ones.”

Chisnall came through United’s academy and played in the first-team under the iconic Busby between 1961 and 1964.

The forward scored ten goals in 47 appearances for them before moving to Anfield in a £25,000 deal.

He still remains the last player to be transferred directly between the two clubs.

The Mancunian overcame an early knee problem that threatened to scupper his career to play a role in the club’s post-Munich rebuild. 

He made his debut at 19 against Everton in December 1961 and scored his first goal in a 2-0 win at neighbours Man City soon after.

Following his switch to Merseyside, he received little opportunity to impress under Bill Shankly and was soon on his way to Southend United.

He spent four years at Roots Hall before ending his Football League playing days at Stockport County.

Chisnall would later run two betting shops in Manchester and then worked as a plant operator and in a bakery.

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