Manchester United players and WAGs at UNICEF charity dinner

Match: Federico Macheda and girlfriend Sophie Larissa HoughtonMatch: Federico Macheda and girlfriend Sophie Larissa Houghton

Anybody who witnessed Manchester United’s demolition of Wolves on Saturday might not think Sir Alex Ferguson’s side are in a particularly charitable mood these days..

Loved up: Michael Carrick and wife Lisa grinning, while Ashley Young and his childhood sweetheart Nicky Pike pose for the camera

Boss Ferguson will hope he can have a similarly pleasant evening after his team visit Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Stalwarts: Albert Morgan (left), the Manchester United kit-man, with Sir Alex Ferguson (right)Stalwarts: Albert Morgan (left), the Manchester United kit-man, with Sir Alex Ferguson (right)

If the players are anywhere near as sharp as they were here, he should have no trouble cutting through the QPR defence. The event, hosted at Old Trafford, celebrated twelve years of partnership between the two organisations – the longest such link between a Premier League club and a charity.

Unlikely partners: Rafael and Fabio da Silva smile for the cameraUnlikely partners: Rafael and Fabio Da Silva smile for the camera

R&R: Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand looking sharp at the UNICEF event

Also present and correct were ‘The Only Way is Essex’ star Mark Wright and ‘Coronation Street’ actress Catherine Tyldesley.

Trio: Jonny Evans (left) with Darron Gibson (right) and Danielle Carter (centre, Darron's girlfriend)Trio: Jonny Evans (left) with Darron Gibson (right) and Danielle Carter (centre, Darron’s girlfriend)

United: David de Gea and Javier Hernandez looked like they were having fun

Stylish: Patrice and Sandra Evra on the red carpetStylish: Patrice and Sandra Evra on the red carpet

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But on Monday the Red Devils were altogether less troublesome than their moniker suggests, as they held their annual charity ‘United for UNICEF’ gala dinner.

TV stars: Mark Wright and Catherine Tyldesley were dressed for the occasion

Wright also got in on the Twitter action, saying he was having ‘a lovely night for such a lovely cause’, which Ferdinand promptly retweeted.

Chart-topping singer-songwriter Emeli Sande performed at the event, which was hosted by actor and broadcaster Angus Deayton and attended by several first team players and their wives and girlfriends, along with the boss himself.

ByRik Sharma

Updated: 12:23 GMT, 13 December 2011

Serial tweeter Rio Ferdinand mentioned the event on the social networking site and even gave a ‘big shout’ to one girl’s parents, who donated 10,000 to UNICEF so she could meet and greet the players

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