A 19-year-old from South Yorkshire is fighting for his life after he was found seriously injured in a water-filled ditch. Daniel Whiteley, from Barnsley, was discovered in Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield in the early hours of Tuesday.
The first-year English student at the University of Manchester had suffered multiple injuries to his head and body, and is in a critical condition in hospital.
Police said he had been assaulted and are investigating his whereabouts up to when he was found at the bottom of an embankment in the park.
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 4245 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.