The pair brought three PlayStation 4s, as well as some extra controllers to the delight of the kids.
The visit coincided with the finishing touches being added to a new £3.5million seven-bedroom extension at the Didsbury site. The players met with families of the young people with life-limiting conditions at the hospice and heard how they will benefit from extra nights of respite care when the new-build opens in April.
The event was organised by Manchester United Foundation, which manages the club’s relationship with the children’s hospice; a partnership that has raised £666,887 over the past seven years.
The players spent time posing for photographs before tackling a series of light-hearted matches on Fifa 14 – Manchester United vs Manchester United - with hospice users Christian Darlington and Patrick Kelly.
“As players we really enjoy being able to visit places like Francis House and the club has a great relationship with the hospice," said Ferdinand. "The lads enjoy seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces as well as meeting the families who receive such great support and care. ”