Manchester United UNICEF dinner raises record £230,000

The stars were out in force last night when Manchester United hosted their 16th annual UNICEF gala dinner which eventually raised a record £230,000 for the charity. 

Black-tie event for United stars

The Red Devils returned to Old Trafford for the gala dinner with the black-tie event proving one of the standouts in the club's social calender with players, manager and coaching staff all attending the event. 

The dinner and the clubs partnership with the global charity has entered its 16th year which is the longest of its kind between a sports organisation and a global children's charity. 

The money raised on the night will go towards training young people in Bangladesh to become swimming teachers as a child dies every from 29 minutes from drowning in the country. 

Manage Louis van Gaal shared his delight of his involvement saying that himself and the players were "honoured" to be a part of this "fantastic partnership" was "delighted" that so much money has been raised. 

He added that the funds will go a "long way" in helping to "save children's lives" in Bangladesh and that is a "fantastic result" and thanked everyone who attended for their support. 

Needed distraction 

The excellent night of generosity couldn't have come at a better time for Van Gaal's side as they failed to impress once again at the weekend as they managed just a 1-1 draw with the high-flying Leicester City. 

The scoring was opened by the Foxes as Jamie Vardy wrote himself into the Premier League record books as he scored in his 11th consecutive match which broke the record previously held by United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy but Bastian Schweinsteiger's first goal for the club spared their blushes. 

Van Gaal was impressed as he said after the game that he was "very disappointed" ands stated if United wanted to be champions come the end of the season that they have to win these "kind of games.' 

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back when they host West Ham United on Saturday, December 5 with kick-off at 3PM BST.