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.
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.
Also in attendance was British grime superstar Stormzy who performed his latest track ‘Blinded by Your Grace.’
A lifelong United fan, Stormzy donated his time for Unicef. He said:
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:
Attending his first Unicef Dinner since joining the club in July this year, Victor Lindelöf said:
Henrikh Mkhitaryan added:
Unicef UK Deputy Executive Director, Catherine Cottrell, said:
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.