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United kick off season for Unicef
Man Utd v Fulham
A giant Unicef flag was unfurled at Man Utd's match on Sunday
Manchester United started their new Premiership season with a show of support for Unicef on Sunday.

The club, which has been a partner of the global charity since 1999, hosted several activities at Old Trafford prior to and during the Fulham match.

A giant Unicef flag was unfurled before kick off and will be on display for all Premier League home games.

And the mascot accompanying captain Gary Neville wore a Unicef "Unite for Children, Unite against Aids" T-shirt.

Aids campaign

Special messages of support for the Unicef campaign were also broadcast featuring United's Rio Ferdinand, singer Robbie Williams and actor Ewan McGregor.

Manchester United chief executive David Gill said: "At the start of the season, with interest in football high, we feel our first match provides us with a great opportunity to highlight Unicef's vital children and Aids campaign, and our support for it, to as wide an audience as possible."

United winger Ryan Giggs was recently appointed as a Unicef Ambassador.

And players took time out on their recent pre-season tour of South Africa to visit two Unicef-supported HIV/Aids projects.

Giggs appointed Unicef ambassador
03 Aug 06 |  Manchester

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