Manchester United players and manager Jose Mourinho put aside their preparations for Sunday’s Premier League game against Everton to welcome the Wild Boars football team to the club’s training ground.
Twelve members of the team, aged between 11 and 16, and their coach were rescued from a cave in Chiang Rai in which they were trapped for over two weeks after it became flooded.
A three-day operation led by the Thai Navy Seals was undertaken to extract the children – a story which touched the hearts of football’s vast fraternity.
Jose meets the Wild Boars ❤🙏
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 27, 2018
United were among the first clubs to react to the successful rescue and promised to invite the team to Old Trafford during the new season.
The 19-time Premier League champions have followed through with their offer and on the eve of the clash with Everton have welcomed the survivors to the club’s training base on Saturday.
Via the club’s Twitter account, Mourinho is seen embracing with each member of the team before posing for photos with the group.