Manchester United have donated medical equipment, food and gifts to local medical centres, with Alex Ferguson leading the praise of the NHS and the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Premier League club’s foundation have delivered protective equipment, other medical supplies and over 3,500 United gifts to staff at NHS Foundation Trusts in Salford and Manchester.
United also said they would be willing to allow the NHS to use Old Trafford’s facilities and 16 vehicles belonging to their foundation, while 30,000 items of food and drink stored at the stadium have been sent to food banks, hospitals and charities.
Former United manager Alex Ferguson, who had emergency surgery after suffering a brain haemorrhage two years ago, expressed his appreciation for the health service.
“I’m delighted we are now recognising the importance of our NHS – as I experienced two years ago after they saved my life,” Ferguson said on United’s official website.
“The response to this pandemic has been magnificent and has made me proud of the way the club and the British people have rallied round to help. Well done.”
Those words were echoed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, one of Ferguson’s successors and the current incumbent of the United job.
“The NHS staff and the volunteers fighting the virus are putting themselves at risk to keep everybody safe and doing a truly amazing job,” Solskjaer added.
“They deserve thanks and praise from everybody for their work and their efforts every single day.”
On Wednesday, Premier League players announced the creation of a fund to help health services, with United captain Harry Maguire coordinating the effort from Solskjaer’s squad.
“On behalf of all the players, our thoughts are with all those that have been affected by this terrible virus,” the England international said.