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WATCH: Mourinho, United stars and Stormzy attend United for Unicef fundraiser

United players were joined by Stormzy and Mourinho at the United for Unicef Gala Photo: PA

Jośe Mourinho and his first-team squad attended the United for Unicef Gala Dinner at Old Trafford last night, raising £160,000 for the world's leading children's organisation.

United manager José Mourinho attended the United for Unicef gala Credit: PA

The black-tie fundraiser offered Manchester United fans the chance to rub shoulders with their footballing heroes, and was hosted by TV presenter Rachel Riley and sports presented Mark Chapman.

The event included an auction offering guests exclusive experiences, with the top prize an invitation to get 'up, close and personal' with the United first team at a behind-the-scenes club event.

TV presenter Rachel Riley presented the Gala Credit: PA

Also in attendance was British grime superstar Stormzy who performed his latest track ‘Blinded by Your Grace.’

Paul Pogba and Stormzy attended the United for Unicef Gala Credit: PA

A lifelong United fan, Stormzy donated his time for Unicef. He said:

It’s a pleasure; things like this for me are an opportunity to do something positive and I’m always happy to support,” he said. “It’s always a welcoming vibe at Old Trafford as well, it’s a massive club but very family orientated so it’s good to be here.”

– Stormzy

All funds raised from this year’s dinner will go towards Unicef’s work in Thailand, to support education programmes for children with limited or no access to schooling. These children are among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Thailand.

Many children in Thailand are denied access to education because of poverty, disability, gender discrimination and migrant status. The charity is working to support education for every child to provide them with the skills and knowledge to lead a better life and break the cycle of poverty for families, communities and countries.

José Mourinho said:

I have always been very supportive of Unicef, and my team and I are proud to once again be a part of this amazing event to support vulnerable children in Thailand. We have raised a fantastic amount of money tonight, which will help to support children with limited or no access to schooling, something that every child should without question have a right to.”

– José Mourinho

Attending his first Unicef Dinner since joining the club in July this year, Victor Lindelöf said:

It’s going to be a fun night and it’s always nice to dress up a little bit, plus it’s great to be a part of this, because Unicef do great work with kids all over the world so yes, it feels good to be here.”

– Victor Lindelöf

Henrikh Mkhitaryan added:

It’s very important for the kids; every child should have a good childhood, to learn how to read and to write, so I hope we can make a difference.”

– Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director, Catherine Cottrell, said:

This season marks the 18th year of our partnership with Manchester United and on behalf of Unicef I would like to extend our thanks to the club, the players and fans, for helping to change the lives of millions of children around the globe.

"Uniting the world’s largest football club with the world’s leading children’s organisation is a powerful collaboration and we know that together we can continue to create a better future for children.”

– Catherine Cottrell, Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director

The United for Unicef partnership is the longest running of its kind between a football club and a global children’s organisation and to date has raised over £4 million, helping to change the lives of millions of children worldwide.