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Coronavirus: Manchester clubs unite to tackle what matters most

21 Mar 2020

Rivals on the pitch come together off it as Man Utd and Man City team up to donate £100,000 to support local foodbanks

The two Manchester clubs have put their rivalry aside to become #ACityUnited and help those most in need during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Man Utd and Man City have donated a combined £100,000 to help The Trussell Trust support their network of more than 1,200 foodbank centres, including 19 in the Greater Manchester area.

"As the coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever may need help from food banks across our network," explains the Trust's senior operations manager, Rachel Macklin.

"This situation presents a huge additional pressure on already overstretched resources. We may start to see a reduction in food donations and volunteers may become unavailable if they are in the at-risk categories or are self-isolating."

Usually the clubs' supporter groups collect money from fans outside Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium, but with football suspended and donations no longer able to be taken, United and City have stepped in to ensure the most vulnerable will not be abandoned in a time of struggle.

"We are proud of the role our supporters play in helping local foodbanks and recognise the increased strain likely to be placed on these charities by the impact of coronavirus," reads a joint-statement from the two clubs.

"At a time of challenge for our community, we are pleased to come together with our fans to help vulnerable members of society in a City United.”

Go to or if you are interested in helping or if you are in need of emergency food support.

"This will be an enormous help at a time when people need it most. We'd like to thank everyone on both sides for demonstrating that hunger doesn't wear club colours."

MCFC Fans’ Foodbank Support

See: Coronavirus: How clubs are helping their communities

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