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United and Samuel

Samuel

Samuel suffers from cerebral palsy and cannot walk unaided, but he doesn’t let his condition stop him enjoying football and he even plays in goal for his Year 7 school team.

Samuel attends Manchester Creative and Media Academy in Blackley, a partner school of Manchester United Foundation, and was nominated by his Foundation coach to receive a series of surprises as a result of his dedication and positive attitude.

In November 2016, Samuel and his teammates were invited to turn on the official Christmas lights at Old Trafford where they met Anthony Martial and fellow goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.  

Samuel was later overjoyed to visit the Aon Training Complex, where little did he know he would be greeted by the full Manchester United first team, including his goalkeeping hero, David de Gea, and his idols Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

“Going to the training ground was the best day of my life,” says Samuel. “De Gea gave me his actual gloves, which was better than anything I have ever got.

“Having cerebral palsy is very hard, and playing football is a bit difficult but I don’t really take that as a big issue, I just get on with it.”

A huge United fan, Samuel’s message to others is: “United show good emotions that they can keep going no matter what. So that’s what I say to myself: ‘Never, never, never give up.’ I’m in a wheelchair and I never give up. Just try. Try your hardest.”