Paddy Lawler, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, was told he had only months to live after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer – but his last wish was to meet some of his heroes, reports the Mirror.
The lifelong United fan’s granddaughter decided to post an appeal on Facebook in a desperate attempt to get her plea recognised by someone with any connection to Man United, and amazingly it was.
After being shared over a thousand times, a cousin of Jessie Lingard’s spotted it circulating on Facebook and gave him a heads up about it.
Three days later the United winger and three other players – Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah – all attended Paddy’s home where they chatted and posed for photos.
Forty-five minutes after they left, Paddy lost his battle with cancer.
Top lads, all four of them. Thanks so much to everyone who helped. Sure my grandad’s over the moon.What a tragic but heartwarming story.