At the most recent Dream Day of the Manchester United Foundation, the first-team squad created priceless memories for ecstatic fans.
For supporters with serious and life-limiting illnesses, players like Casemiro, David De Gea, Lisandro Martnez, and Cristiano Ronaldo made dreams come true at the Carrington Training Ground.
The heartwarming event, the first since 2019, attracted fans from across the nation who came to meet their Reds idols and see the first team practice from the Jimmy Murphy Center’s balcony.
Attending his first Dream Day since signing for United, Christian Eriksen said: “Seeing the smiling faces and connecting with the fans like this is always nice. It’s been good to chat with them and have some nice conversations – everyone’s in good spirits.”
Club captain Harry Maguire shared the importance of meeting fans again face-to-face: “We know how much these days mean to our club; ever since I joined the club, it’s been clear to me how much we do in the community and how important that is. Putting smiles on fans’ faces and making them happy is what it’s all about. We’ve really missed days like this, so it’s great to have fans back.”
Bruno Fernandes said: “Every time we do these days, it is special. It’s good to share some nice moments with them and give them a good experience. For me, as a father, this makes me really proud to do these kinds of things and make someone happy, just by having my company and autograph. Knowing that it is a big occasion for them makes it really special for me, too.”
Joshy, aged 10 from Northampton, was thrilled to meet his hero Ronaldo and celebrate together after the striker scored his 700th club career goal in United’s 2-1 win at Everton on Sunday. Joshy said: “I got to see Ronaldo! I did the ‘Siiuu’ celebration and he did it with me and that made me really happy.”
Ten-year-old Archie from Peterborough thoroughly enjoyed the event: “It’s been one of the greatest experiences of my life, if not the greatest. I’ve been a lifelong United supporter and it’s always been my dream to meet the players. Antony is really kind; he gave me his match-worn shirt from the game against Everton. I didn’t know what to say, if I’m honest – I’ll never forget today.”