United squad honoured to meet River Rhodes

Wednesday 09 February 2022 19:51

The Manchester United squad was honoured to spend time with a very special young football fan following Tuesday’s match against Burnley.

River Rhodes is currently receiving radiotherapy treatment, and, in the words of his proud father Ryan, he is “making every day positive”. 

While the family support Wolverhampton Wanderers, River simply loves all football and was at Turf Moor this week to watch our 1-1 draw in the Premier League. 

After the match, River waited at pitchside for a chance to see his heroes up close and our players all felt privileged to meet him, and they posed for pictures that you can see in the gallery below.


River’s father Ryan admits the family shed tears of joy today when Cristiano Ronaldo shared his photo on social media to his hundreds of millions of followers earlier today. The Portuguese striker, who has four children of his own and twins on the way, also wrote this poignant caption. 

“Children are and will always be the best thing the world has to offer, and we must protect them at all costs. Supporters are and will always be the best in football, and we must respect everything they face and endure for their clubs.”



Following his substitute appearance on Tuesday, Jesse Lingard caught sight of River in the stand and ran over to present the heroic youngster with his shirt from the game. 

The England international has also shared his photo online, writing: “Pleasure to meet you River, you’re an inspirational young man battling cancer and winning. Stay strong and keep fighting.”

River is currently receiving treatment in Manchester and, in a heart-warming video that you can see below, he tried out his new Lingard shirt in the best way possible… by playing football!


It was an honour and privilege for our players to meet you, River. 

We all hope to see you again soon.