WARMING-TIME: Man Utd stars beams when joining the Christmas party of MUDSA to inspire for unlucky people


“If you could wrap this day up, it would be the best Christmas present.”

Those were the words of Ace, an 11-year-old who attended Manchester United Disabled Supporters’ Association’s annual dinner at Old Trafford this week.

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The important date in MUDSA’s calendar goes all the way back to 1989, when players such as Bryan McClair and Bryan Robson attended to meet disabled Reds supporters.

At the 34th edition of the amazing event, Man Utd players were beaming as they got the opportunity to meet inspirational members of MUDSA, signing their shirts and posing for photos.

Raphael Varane was one of the first to arrive, just a day after his Man-of-the-Match performance at Anfield against Liverpool.

This isn’t the first time the French defender has attended the event, having arrived at the club in 2021.

“It’s always great to feel that support from the fans,” he said

“Obviously, it is nearly Christmas, so it is kind to share that moment with them.

“I think it is good from the club to connect with the people from the local community as well. I think it is great for everyone.”

Chas Banks, secretary of MUDSA, explained that the dinner is a tradition that connects the supporters’ association with United in a way that sets us apart.

“It is a tradition that the players come down and it is very, very special,” he said.

“There are not many events when the whole team come down. And do you know what the main thing is? The players love it!”

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As I went around asking individuals about their experiences, I could feel the enthusiasm in the room.

It’s obvious that the athletes and spectators alike are looking forward to the event.

Every player took the time to sit, chat, and get to know those who had waited keenly for them to arrive.

“That was the best bicycle kick ever!” said one young lad when speaking to Alejandro Garnacho about his amazing goal against Everton.

Alejandro Garnacho takes a photo with two fans at the MUDSA Christmas party.

As Chas said in the Man Utd conversation, the youngsters who got to meet their heroes would have been so happy that they wouldn’t have been able to sleep the night before.

Many of those in attendance on Monday felt as though Christmas had come early, as this emotion likens the momentous occasion to Christmas Eve.

Andre Onana takes a selfie with two fans at the MUDSA Christmas party.


Rasmus Hojlund poses with a fan at the MUDSA Christmas party.


MUDSA annual Christmas dinner December 2023 | Manchester United


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