Luke Shaw has taken it upon himself to help a dying Manchester United fan get to the FA Cup final on May 21 at Wembley by offering to donate tickets to him.
Earlier this week Manchester Evening News published a story about William Moore, an 80-year-old man from Newton Heath who has a terminal brain tumour, who was desperate to see Man United at Wembley in the FA Cup final for one last time.
Since publishing the article, William’s family said they had been overwhelmed by the generosity from other United fans who offered to give up their tickets as well as Shaw who stepped in to make sure William got to go to Wembley.
That’s a touching gesture from Shaw and one which really embodies why United fans have taken so warmly to him since he joined from Southampton and exactly why we’ve missed him on and off the pitch.
It might only be a small move for a footballer to offer some tickets to a fan but he didn’t have to do it, it would have been far easier to read the article and simply forget about it. Instead, he was moved by it and decided to act on it, using his own connections to make sure William didn’t miss out.
For me that’s why it’s such a brilliant thing for Shaw to have done and it’s one which will change the final days of a dying man for the better. He’ll cherish that moment he’s sitting in Wembley and be forever thankful. Acts like this help fans really connect with players on a human level and it’s one they won’t forget in a hurry.
Shaw offering tickets to William reminds me of Ashley Young who gave up his box at Old Trafford for a game two seasons ago for a terminally ill man in order for him to fulfil his own dream of seeing United play at home.
Footballers live privileged lives and are sheltered so much from the public and fans but when you see genuinely kind acts like this, they deserved to be pointed out and I hope others follow in their example.