There was just one thing Man United super fan Paddy Lawler wanted before he died.
To meet his heroes.
It was a long shot, but after an impassioned appeal on Facebook by his granddaughter Kayleigh, 73-year-old Paddy’s dream came true.
On Tuesday, some of United’s top stars, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Timothy Fosu-Mensah paid him a visit.
Less than an hour after the players left, Paddy passed away from prostate cancer.
His wife, Eunice, 71, told the Sun: ‘They were such nice young men to go to that trouble and it is a huge comfort to us to know he died happy.’
Kayleigh, 27, had put up the post on Facebook on Sunday in the hope someone would help make her granddad’s dream come true.
She wrote: ‘Please can everyone share I’m trying to get a few of Manchester United players to come and visit my granddad 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.’
Luckily, the post was spotted by Jesse Lingard’s cousin who helped set up the whole meet.
Kayleigh has since called the players ‘incredibly selfless’.