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Thursday, September 15, 2016

A lifelong Manchester United fan got his dying wish to meet his heroes - just 45 minutes before he passed away.
Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah with Patrick Credit: MEN Syndication
Patrick Lawler, 73, told his family he would love to be visited at his home in Wythenshawe by his favourite Reds as he was in the final stages of his battle with cancer.
So granddaughter Kayleigh, 27, posted an emotional plea on Facebook asking if anyone could help make Patrick’s dream come true.

The players signed shirts and autographs Credit: MEN Syndication
And just days later Wythenshawe’s Marcus Rashford and fellow players Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Timothy Fosu-Mensah turned up at his home.The stars posed for photographs with Patrick, who was dressed in a United shirt, as well as signing autographs.
Less than an hour after the visit Patrick passed away.

Ashley Young with Patrick Credit: MEN Syndication
Kayleigh has now paid tribute to the ‘incredibly selfless’ gesture, writing on Facebook: “Top lads, all four of them. Thanks so much to everyone who helped. Sure my grandad’s over the moon.”
In Kayleigh's original post she wrote:
"Please can everyone share I'm trying to get a few of Manchester United players to come and visit my grandad we asked him the other day if he would like to do anything before his time comes and he said to meet the team I've emailed the Mufc foundation but no reply yet! And not sure how long we have left with him so I want to get this as a surprise he's a MASSIVE fan even tried his hardest to keep his eyes open yesterday to watch the match but sadly he missed it! I know he will be so gutted that he didn't watch it I'm sure he will be a very happy man If I can get his last wish Thankyou to u all Xxx 👍🏻"

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