Man Utd manager and players spread some early Christmas joy on visit to childrens' hospital
Christmas came early for the young patients at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital when United manager Casey Stoney and her Red Devils paid a special visit.
The club shared heartwarming messages and photos on social media after the visit.
Stoney said: "It's important for us. The men's team come here every year so it's important the women's team are a part of that now.
"It's difficult for families to be in hospital any time of the year but at Christmas it's exceptionally difficult because that's the time families are at home, they celebrate special times.
"So for us to come here to see what they're going through, it's not easy especially as I have kids myself, you relate to it. But to be able to come here and spread some cheer and a little bit of joy and to see the smiles on the kids' faces is great."
Stoney tweeted afterwards: "It was a pleasure and a privilege to spend time with some special little people this morning. The bravery and resilience of these children is incredible and to see their smiling faces was very special."
Captain Katie Zelem said: "It's amazing to come down and get involved. It's a long-term tradition for Manchester United and now that the women can come down it's great for all the little girls and boys to see that we're here to support them.
"Christmas is all about family and support so hopefully we can give support to them and put a smile on their faces."
Defender Millie Turner tweeted: "Special day meeting some very special people."
A little boy who is patient at the hospital told Man Utd: "They gave me some presents and I got a football, a hat, a scarf and a poster and they all signed it.
"It's been really fun and it's made me really happy."