Manchester United players deliver Christmas presents to young patients

Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini meet Tybah Francis House Children's Hospice Credit: Manchester United Foundation

The Manchester United first-team squad paid a special visit to young patients at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, The Christie and Francis House Children’s Hospice today to deliver some early Christmas gifts.

The players split into three groups for the visits, which are organised annually by Manchester United Foundation, and were delighted to help raise spirits during the Christmas period.

Memphis and Jesse Lingard meet Millie-May, 23 months, from Irlam at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Credit: Manchester United Foundation

Captain Wayne Rooney visited Francis House in Didsbury with teammate Marouane Fellaini and commented on the impact the Christmas visits can have on the young patients:

Michael Carrick and Sam Johnstone meet Robbie Rainton, 17, from Stockport at The Christie Credit: Manchester United foundation

Vice-captain Michael Carrick led Chris Smalling, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sam Johnstone to The Christie’s Palatine Treatment Centre, which is home to the teenage and young adult unit and haematology and transplant inpatient unit, where they surprised patients who are going through a difficult time this festive period.

Carrick said:

Bastian Schweinsteiger signs autographs at The Christie Credit: Manchester United Foundation

17-year-old patient Robbie Rainton, from Stockport, met Michael and his teammates during last year’s hospital visits. He said:

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick meet Shannon Mackey, 18, at The Christie Credit: Manchester United Foundation

The rest of the squad visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, bringing smiles to the faces of those sadly facing a Christmas in hospital.

Juan Mata commented:

Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial meet Rhys and Grace at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Credit: Manchester United Foundation

Memphis depay said:

Andreas Perreira and Sergio Romero meet Umar, 12, from Rochdale at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Credit: Manchester United foundation

Jesse Lingard said: