16/12/2014 07:16 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Manchester United Stars Arrive At Children's Hospital Bearing 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.


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.


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.


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


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


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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