Manchester United Stars Arrive At Children's Hospital Bearing Sacks Of Presents

16/12/2014 12:16 | Updated 20 May 2015

Manchester United stars turn Father Christmas's helpers as they arrive at children's hospital with sacks of presents

Manchester United players including Robin Van Persie, Juan Mata and Angel di Maria stepped into Father Christmas's shoes yesterday (Monday, December 15) when they arrived at a children's hospital bearing sacks of presents.

Sadly, Santa didn't lend the footballers his sleigh for the day, but the team delighted young football fans by turning up in the club coach carrying United branded Christmas gift bags and accompanied by the team's mascot Fred the Red.

Manchester Uniterd stars turn Father Christmas's helpers as they arrive at children's hospital bearing sacks of presents

Tyler Blackett, Darren Fletcher, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Ander Herrera, Ben Amos, David de Gea and Chris Smalling also handed out presents as part of the club's annual Christmas visit to The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

The players took time to chat and pose for photos with children on the ward including 10-year-old Caris in the picture above.

Manchester Uniterd stars turn Father Christmas's helpers as they arrive at children's hospital bearing sacks of presents

Ben Amos and Phil Jones pose with one-year-old Daisy - who we're sure congratulated them on their 3-0 victory over Liverpool on Sunday December 14.

Manchester Uniterd stars turn Father Christmas's helpers as they arrive at children's hospital bearing sacks of presents

Chris Smalling, Marcus Rojo and David Rea with 12-year-old Joe.

Manchester Uniterd stars turn Father Christmas's helpers as they arrive at children's hospital bearing sacks of presents

Angel di Maria, Robin van Persie and Juan Mata with 17 week old Amelia.

Manchester Uniterd stars turn Father Christmas's helpers as they arrive at children's hospital bearing sacks of presents

Ben Amos and Phil Jones with six-year-old Charlie.

After the hospital visit, captain Wayne Rooney took his teammates out for a pre-Christmas dinner at Wing's restaurant in Manchester's Lincoln Square, followed by drinks in the nearby Sir Ralph Abercromby pub.

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