CCTV footage of two suspects wanted after a football fan died following a single punch has been issued by police.
Manchester United supporter, Michael Carter, 49, from Salford, died several days after the assault in Manchester city centre.
He was walking on King Street West at around 3.10am on Sunday, August 31, when there was an argument with two other men.
Michael was punched and fell to the ground, hitting his head on the pavement. The two men ran off in the direction of Deansgate towards Bridge Street.
He was taken to hospital but sadly died on September 10.
Watch the video released by Greater Manchester Police below.
Images released today show two men outside the Revolution bar on Southgate around 1.50am. The first man is described as white, 6ft tall and of slim build. The second man is possibly Asian/mixed race, 5ft 7in tall of medium build and had black hair.
A third man, although not involved in the incident that led to Michael’s death, was with both men outside the Revolution bar, on nearby Southgate, and he is described as black male, and short dark hair.
A post-mortem examination concluded Michael died from a head injury.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Eales said: “A family has lost a loving father on a night out so you can imagine the heartbreak this has caused.
“Our investigation remains focused on establishing exactly what happened during the early hours of Sunday 31 August and exactly how Michael came to be injured.
“From everything we know so far it appears he was punched once in the face during, or after, an argument over football. We believe that two men came across Michael and his friend in the minutes before the incident and had football-related banter.
“We know that Michael received a blow to the head outside the Cotswold outdoor store on the corner of Deansgate and South King Street.
“We then believe both men ran off towards Bridge Street, but we don’t know for sure where they went after that.
“It is vital that people now take a look at the CCTV images we have released today and tell us if they recognise them. Do you recognise these men or do you work for a taxi firm who may have picked up one or both of them that night? If so we’d like to hear from you.
“There is a possibility the men involved have not realised the consequences of what happened that morning and I would appeal directly to them to contact us.
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3400 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.