Children who are being treated at three hospitals in Manchester have had a festive visit from Manchester United players.

The young patients at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Francis House Children’s Hospice and The Christie hospital were given some early Christmas presents.

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Harry Maguire joined his teammates for the hospital visits for the first time since joining Manchester United in August this year.

He joined Luke Shaw, Mason Greenwood, Phil Jones and James Garner at The Christie’s Palatine Treatment Centre, which is home to the teenage and young adult unit and haematology and transplant inpatient unit.

They said they wanted to surprise patients who are going through a difficult time this festive period.

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This is my first year at Manchester United but it’s a classy club and they always make sure they look after the community and local hospitals at this time of year.

Harry Maguire
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Juan Mata and Lee Grant spent time with children at Francis House in Didsbury, whilst the remainder of the first-team squad headed to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

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At each site the players gave out a number of United-themed presents including signed shirts, hats and scarves.

19 year old Joe, who is a patient at the Christie and huge United fan, said he was thrilled.

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It was really good fun; they brought some really good gifts and presents and to be honest it’s certainly made my month.