Manchester United stars grace UNICEF Gala Dinner

Manchester United stars grace UNICEF Gala Dinner

Louis van Gaal and his Manchester United squad attended the 16th Annual UNICEF Gala Dinner in Old Trafford following their 1-1 Saturday draw with Leicester at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Red Devils have been partners with the global charity for 16 years; the longest association of its kind between a sporting organization and a global children’s charity.

The black tie evening is a standout affair in United’s social calendar with the players, manager and coaching staff all in attendance.

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The event however, proved to be a perfect distraction for the United squad after their disappointing performance against the Foxes.

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, Striker Anthony Martial, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, David de Gea and United starlet Jesse Lingard were all in attendance with their respective partners.

Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and his girlfriend tennis star, Ana Ivanovic
Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and girlfriend Camille Sold

Coach Louis van Gaal attended the evening with his wife while assistant manager Ryan Giggs came alone.

United manager Louis van Gaal with his wife
United assistant manager Ryan Giggs

The match between Man U and Leicester was quite an interesting one for Jamie Vardy forever sketched his name in Premier League history books by scoring in his 11th successive match.

Wayne Rooney, on the other hand endured a frustrating evening as he struggled to make an impact and was substituted in the 68th minute for Dutch forward Memphis Depay.

Earlier in the game, Vardy had taken Leicester into the lead with his record-breaking strike in the 24th minute. United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised for the visitors just before the break.

However, neither side could make a breakthrough in the second half.

“I’m very disappointed,’ said United boss Van Gaal after his team’s lacklustre performance. “When you want to champion at the end of the season, and we want that, the players want that, the manager wants that, the fans want that, then you have to win this kind of games.”

“We played a fantastic game defensively. Only we don’t have to do that in particular situations. They scored after our corner kick, so you have to blame ourselves because we showed them the images and this is a characteristic of this team. And still it happened. That is not possible.”

“Then they had one chance more that was five minutes after the goal and then one in second half. They were the only chances we have playing away against a team that scored 28 goals. It is not a lack of defence but a lack of concentration in particular moments. And in spite of our dominance and having more chances we didn’t win in such an important game as today.”

United next plays against West Ham at Old Trafford before their crunch Champions League clash with Wolfsburg on December 8.