Manchester United’s stars hand out gifts at children’s hospitals

Manchester United’s stars pose for photos and hand out gifts at children’s hospitals just hours after Jose Mourinho’s dismissal as manager

  • Manchester United’s stars visited Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • They also went to Francis House Children’s Hospice and The Christie  
  • Players including Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford handed out gifts to patients
  • The Christmas trip came only hourd after Jose Mourinho was sacked as boss
  • The Portuguese boss was fired by Ed Woodward early on Tuesday morning  

Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and David De Gea were among the Manchester United stars who posed for photos and passed around gifts at children’s hospitals only hours after learning of Jose Mourinho’s dismissal.

Members of the first team visited Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Francis House Children’s Hospice and The Christie as part of trips organised annually by Manchester United Foundation.

The visits signalled a positive end to a day that started with Mourinho being relieved of his duties by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Paul Pogba and his teammates  posed for photos at The Christie’s Palatine Treatment Centre


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The Portuguese was informed of the decision in a 9:00am face-to-face meeting at the club’s Carrington training base.

The axe fell on Mourinho just two days after Man United slumped to a 3-1 defeat away to arch rivals and league leaders Liverpool.

The 55-year-old departed with his team sixth in the Premier League and 19 points off the lead.

In Mourinho’s absence, Michael Carrick took charge of morning training, and will remain as temporary boss until an interim head coach is appointed until the end of the season. 

Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones spent time with children at Francis House in Didsbury

The visits are organised each year by Manchester United Foundation ahead of Christmas

Despite the news, there were smiles all round from both players and patients during the well-received ward visits.

Pogba, Fred, Diogo Dalot and Andreas Pereira spread festive cheer at The Christie’s Palatine Treatment Centre and handed out Man United-themed presents and have their pictures taken.

Children at Francis House were greeted by Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones, while the rest of the squad including Jesse Lingard and Rashford spent time at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. 

Players handed out Christmas gifts, signed shirts and memorabilia for the patients

The trip came after a tough day for players which saw Jose Mourinho depart the club

One patient, Layton, aged 11, was thrilled to meet two of his favourite players: ‘I got some presents signed by Rashford and Lingard, which I am buzzing about.’

He concluded, ‘On a scale of one to 100 I would say today is 100. This is the best day of my life!’

 ‘Seeing the children happy and just giving a picture or signature, it made my day,’ said Pogba. 

‘They are the real stars and they are stronger than anybody. They keep fighting with their families, and with the help of the people in the hospital they can recover faster.’  

Rashford spoke at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital: ‘These visits hold great importance and have great value; we get to come here, give out gifts and put smiles on faces and we are always happy to do this.’

Chris Smalling added, ‘It is so rewarding; you can play football but then you come here and see smiles on faces that’s what really matters. You see what they are going through and the fact that lots of them are spending Christmas in hospital, but hopefully we can make it a happy time for them.’

The Portuguese had been in charge for two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford but was dismissed

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