BBC Sport - Manchester United star Juan Mata greets nine-year-old Alex Nield outside Old Trafford

‘Magical moment' Mata hugged my disabled son

The father of a disabled boy has described the “magical moment” Manchester United’s Juan Mata kept the team bus waiting so he could give his son a hug.

Jon Nield said he and son Alex - who has cerebral palsy - were waiting outside Old Trafford to get a glimpse of some of the players, when Mata “clocked Alex straight away and came over”.

A family friend filmed the encounter and it has become a huge hit on social media. The Spain international also contacted the club to arrange tickets for a match the following day.

“He’s absolutely made up - he probably thinks he’s best mates with him! He was so, so happy, you could see the delight in his face,” added Jon.

This clip is originally from 5 live Breakfast on Monday 3 October 2016.

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