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Manchester United superfan stunned after meeting 19 players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford

GOSSIP & RUMOURS By Mirror | October 5th 2016 | 3 min read
Rocket Dunn, 10, meets his hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic outside Old Trafford [PHOTO: COURTESY]

Ten-year-old Manchester United fan Rocket Dunn and grandmother Martie were thrilled at the generosity of players as he waited outside Old Trafford on Sunday.

The 10-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, met an incredible NINETEEN players including his favourite Zlatan Ibrahimovic after United's 1-1 draw with Stoke City, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Rocket waited with Martie and her friend Lorna to take photos with United players and the youngster was left stunned when so many kept stopping to say hello and pose for pictures.



Martie said Rocket was particularly starstruck when he met his favourite player.

She said: “To watch Rocket’s face when he met Ibrahimovic was amazing, he was absolutely over the moon. He just couldn’t believe Zlatan was talking to him, even before he came to United he loved Ibrahimovic.

“He got his trainers signed by all the players but he only got Zlatan to sign his Man United hoodie.”

Rocket, whose mum passed away three years ago, is wheelchair-bound and finds it hard to convey his emotions, Martie said.

But her best friend Lorna, who waited with them after the match, said he was visibly ecstatic when Ibrahimovic came over.

“He was so excited but he finds it hard to express his emotions, so he was shaking his arms and legs about!” said Lorna, who is a season ticket holder at Old Trafford.

She said: “Zlatan asked us did we enjoy the match and we said yes. We then asked him and he said no, because he thought he should have scored.

“Me and Martie were pretty emotional, I just thought it was amazing that they would take the time to come and see him. It’s absolutely fantastic when the players do things like this and I just think people should know that they are human beings and they do have hearts, because usually they just get bad publicity.” Juan Mata "angry" after Manchester United took frustrating point from Stoke into international break

Some Stoke City players, including Peter Crouch and Phil Bardsley, came to meet Rocket too, as well as pundit and former United player Robbie Savage.

Lorna, 41, from Irlam, even sent the picture of Rocket and Ibrahimovic into the Paddy Crerand show on MUTV and the 10-year-old was delighted to see himself on TV.

Rocket has lived with Martie and grandfather David in Bury since he was one.

He moved in with them when his mother Katie became wheelchair bound with a rare condition known as Friedreich’s Ataxia.

When Katie sadly passed away three years ago, aged just 28, Martie and David took full custody of Rocket and the family now try to take him to United games as often as possible.

Lorna says Rocket is football mad and she now wants to fulfil his dream of being a United mascot so he can lead his team out onto the Old Trafford pitch.

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