Paramedics attended but 51-year-old Martin Hughes died shortly after the incident which happened near the Metrolink stop at Robinswood Road in Woodhouse Park at around 7am on Tuesday 16th February.
Police are now investigating.
Chief Inspector Helen Caldbeck for GMP’s City Centre Division said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the man at this tragic time.
“We are now working with Transport for Greater Manchester to investigate what exactly happened and our specialist officers will be supporting the family and helping them get the answers they deserve.
“Specialist officers are also supporting the driver of the tram to help him at this difficult time.”
TfGM’s Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, said: “I am devastated by this very tragic and sad news and would like to extend my thoughts and deepest sympathies to this man’s family and friends.
“While of absolutely no comfort to his loved ones, I want to make it clear that alongside us supporting the police inquiry in any way we can, a thorough operational investigation into the circumstances surrounding this collision will be undertaken.
“Support will also be provided to the driver and any other staff that may be affected by what’s happened.
“Due to the nature of this incident it would not be appropriate for me to make any further comment at this time.”
Martin Hughes’s brothers have paid tribute to him: “Martin was a very private man and liked to keep himself to himself. He was a much loved brother, uncle, and brother-in-law. He has lived all of his life around the South Manchester area.
“His family are very proud of his academic achievements, having graduated from Bangor University with a BA Hons Degree. He had also successfully completed post-graduate studies.
“Martin was a great lover of the outdoors and loved going for long walks in the countryside and hills around Greater Manchester and beyond. He was also a keen cyclist.
“He is a former Royal Green Jacket and was proud of his regiment.
“Martin had only recently started a new job having previously volunteered at a local Hospice shop.
“We are all devastated that he has been taken from us so suddenly.”
Anyone with information should call Police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.