Some of Manchester’s sporting greats have sent messages of support for a “brilliant” footballer left in a coma after being hit by police car.
Khia Whitehead, 15, was struck by the emergency services vehicle in Stockport on Boxing Day.
Best wishes have flooded in for the young athlete over the past few days – with Sir Alex Ferguson, Gary Neville, Tyson Fury, Ryan Giggs and Nathan Aspinall all sending their support.
Sir Alex told the young Manchester United fan to: “Trust the NHS, they are fantastic people and I know your mum and dad will be holding your hand.”
Stockport County fans also set off a fireworks display in support of the striker during the club’s third round FA Cup fixture with West Ham United on Monday.
Over £6,400 has been donated to a JustGiving page so far to raise funds for Khia’s therapy and rehabilitation.
Khia has remained in critical condition since the incident on December 26 – but is now apparently breathing by himself following surgery.
The collision occurred at around 9.30pm on Garners Lane as the police car responded to call out.
According to reports, officers stopped and administered trauma care until paramedics arrived.
An investigation has been launched.