Man Utd manager Solskjaer pays tribute to Peter Whittingham after death aged 35

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has paid tribute to Peter Whittingham after the tragic death of the Cardiff City legend.

Whittingham, who played under Solskjaer when the Norwegian managed Cardiff City in 2014, passed away aged 35 after suffering serious injuries in a fall at a pub in Barry on Saturday, March 7.

He spent 12 days in a critical condition in intensive care at Cardiff's Heath Hospital before passing away, leaving behind pregnant wife Amanda.

And Solskjaer hailed Whittingham, who played over 400 league games for the Bluebirds in a decade-long spell, as a "fantastic footballer" and "incredible human being".

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Whittingham,” Solskjaer said, via PA.

“Peter was a fantastic footballer and an incredible human being.

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with him during my time at Cardiff City.

"It’s hard to believe that he has been taken from us at such a young age.

"Peter will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."

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Whittingham's death was confirmed in a heartfelt statement by Cardiff City.

The statement read: “It is with an immeasurable amount of sorrow that we must inform supporters that Peter Whittingham has passed away at the age of 35.

“We are heartbroken.

“The news of Peter’s sudden and untimely passing has shaken us to our very foundation. Our love goes out to his wife Amanda, their young son and family.

“They are at the forefront of our thoughts and, on their behalf, we ask for their privacy to be respected at this unfathomably cruel and difficult time.

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“First and foremost, Peter was a family man – and somebody who could light up a room with his sense of humour, warmth and personality. Then, as a professional footballer – as a Bluebird – he excelled with talent, ease, grace and humility. Nobody did it better.

“The loss of Peter will be painfully felt by our city, supporters and indeed all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. We love you Pete and your memory will eternally stay with us.”

South Wales Police confirmed there was no suggestion of a criminal act leading to Whittingham’s fall which ultimately caused his death.

They wrote responding to premature rumours that Whittingham had passed away on Wednesday.

Their statement read: “At around 10pm on March 7, South Wales Police were called to a licensed premises in Barry. A 35-year-old man from Penarth suffered a head injury as a result of a fall.

“At this stage there is no evidence or suggestion of a criminal act and it appears the injury was caused by an accidental fall. Enquiries are continuing into the circumstances of the incident.”

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