With the festive period fast approaching, here at Manchester United we wanted to find an exciting way to reach out to our fans around the world to wish them a Merry Christmas.
So, with 250 children from local schools who work with the Manchester United Foundation, staff from across the club got together to construct a huge Christmas tree in the seating of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand to form a unique Christmas card for our fans. United legends Paddy Crerand, Alex Stepney and Clayton Blackmore and, of course, Fred the Red also featured in this exciting project, and you can see how it all came together in our Christmas video.
Manchester United chief operating officer Michael Bolingbroke, who addressed the crowd at the event, said: “This was an ambitious project and we're delighted with the result. On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to thank the school children from Astley Sports College, Stretford High School, Broadoak School, Irlam and Cadishead College and Swinton High School who took part. It was fantastic to have them involved.
“We now look forward to a busy festive period of matches and hope all our fans have a very Merry Christmas, with best wishes for the New Year."
You can support the Foundation's work in the local community by taking part in the annual Santa Run around Old Trafford on 15 December. For further information, visit www.mufoundation.org/santarun.