Juan Mata worked with the club's foundation to pay a visit to some young fans
The Spanish midfielder signed shirts, posed for photos and had a kickabout
Mata is a regular United player in the community and is a firm fans favourite
Manchester United take on Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday
MAILONLINE - Nathan Salt
Juan Mata took time out of his personal preparations for Manchester United's trip to Seville in the Champions League to visit some young supporters.
The Spanish midfielder regularly engages with the club's foundation and he spent Monday afternoon at two local schools and hospital in Oldham.
Those that met Mata received a gift - which the star personally donated - or had the Spaniard sign a United shirt with two lucky fans enjoying a kick-around with their hero.
The player travelled to two primary schools and and The Royal Oldham Hospital to hand out presents and spend some time with the young children
While his boss is counting up a mounting injury list, Mata's playful game on the school grounds would not have concerned Jose Mourinho.
The former Chelsea man then paid a visit to a hospital where some of the younger patients got a welcome boost meeting one of their idols.
The Red Devils are eyeing a run to the latter stages of the Champions League having last won the elite tournament by overcoming Chelsea in the all-British 2008 final.
Mata has become a dependable player under Mourinho and United triggered the one-year extension on his contract last month.
The 29-year-old's original four-and-a-half year deal was due to run out at the end of the season.