Members of the Manchester United first team visited the Trust earlier this week to spend time with some Christie patients and spread some festive cheer.

World Cup winner Paul Pogba was joined by teammates Diogo Dalot, Fred and Andreas Pereira when they visited the Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) unit.

The United stars brought gifts, posed for photos and even got involved in a few computer games and table tennis on their visit to the Trust.

TYA Matron Linda Allen said: “It was a fantastic day for the patients. We have some very keen Manchester United fans on the ward and to be able to meet some of their heroes has made Christmas for them.

“The players were great and a lot of fun was had by everybody. It will live long in the memory.”