Juan Mata greets nine-year-old disabled fan outside Old Trafford


Juan Mata and Alex Nield

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.


To watch the clip of Juan Mata meeting Alex on Twitter, please click here.


To listen to Jon speak to BBC Radio 5 Live about the meeting, please click here.