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Jose Mourinho sends letter to 94-year-old United fan

  • Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho took time out to write to an ill fan
  • The 94-year-old fan contacted by the boss was revealed as Fredrick Schofield
  • Mourinho is currently preparing his side for a visit to face Tottenham at Wembley

By Nathan Salt For Mailonline

Published: 07:55 EST, 29 January 2018 | Updated: 08:02 EST, 29 January 2018

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho took time out of his preparations to face Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Wednesday as he wrote a letter to an ill 94-year-old supporter. 

Lifelong supporter Fredrick Schofield is recovering after suffering a stroke and the Portuguese boss felt compelled to get in touch after learning of his struggles. 

'We have recently been advised about all your wonderful dedication to Manchester United,' Mourinho said in the letter.  

Jose Mourinho sent a touching personal letter to 94-year-old supporter Fredrick Schofield
Jose Mourinho sent a touching personal letter to 94-year-old supporter Fredrick Schofield

Jose Mourinho sent a touching personal letter to 94-year-old supporter Fredrick Schofield

Schofield is recovering from a stroke and the boss said the players and staff are thinking of him
Schofield is recovering from a stroke and the boss said the players and staff are thinking of him

Schofield is recovering from a stroke and the boss said the players and staff are thinking of him

'I just wanted to write to you to thank you for your loyal support and devotion to the club. The enthusiasm of the fans continues to astound me.'

Mourinho signed off his letter by informing Schofield that 'myself, the players and the staff are all thinking of you' as his family surprised him with the personal note after reaching out to the Red Devils. 

The 55-year-old United manager is often criticised for his icy persona on the touchline but this latest gesture is evidence of his commitment to engaging with the supporters. 

Schofield's grandson Kevin was the one to reach out to the club, which is even more surprising when it was revealed the youngster is a big Manchester City fan.

Speaking on how it came about on twitter, he said: 'United exceeded my expectations here. Football passion in our city is amazing, divides us but can unify us when needed.' 

The Manchester United manager often gets a bad reputation from his touchline demeanour
The Manchester United manager often gets a bad reputation from his touchline demeanour

The Manchester United manager often gets a bad reputation from his touchline demeanour

Schofield's grandson Kevin reached out to United despite himself being a Manchester City fan
Schofield's grandson Kevin reached out to United despite himself being a Manchester City fan

Schofield's grandson Kevin reached out to United despite himself being a Manchester City fan

United have won every game so far in 2018 and the Portuguese will be looking to continue the fine run when he takes his side to Wembley on Wednesday to take on Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham team.  

Spurs were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by League Two Newport County in the FA Cup on Saturday while United put their League Two opponent, Yeovil Town, firmly to the sword in a resounding 4-0 win.

Alexis Sanchez is expected to make his Premier League debut for the Reds after joining the club from Arsenal last week.

The Chile forward impressed at Huish Park as he was chosen as the official 'Man of the Match' having played a part in United's first two goals.  

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