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Wild Boars youngsters get Manchester United invite

AFP  |  London 

side United have invited the Wild Boars team, like the Chilean miners rescued in 2010, to visit Old following their dramatic rescue today.

The final five members of the young team - four youngsters and their 25-year-old - were rescued from a flooded Thai cave after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside, completing an astonishing against-the-odds rescue mission that captivated the world.

The dozen players - aged 11 to 16 - and the had already received an invitation from last week to attend final on Sunday in - although after their traumatic experience they may not be up to the trip physically or mentally.

United, though, tweeted an invitation just after the that all had been rescued and with the season lasting from August through to May there will be plenty of time for them to recuperate and opportunity for them to take the offer up.

"#MUFC is relieved to learn that the 12 footballers and their trapped in a cave in are now safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. We would love to welcome the team from Club and their rescuers to Old this coming season," the club tweeted on its official account.

United - who this year commemorated that decimated the celebrated 'Busby Babes' - extended a similar invitation to the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010.

The idea for that invitation which was spread over several days came from - one of those who survived the crash and also came from a community - and 23 of the miners eventually came with the climax of the visit watching them play Arsenal.

United gave the miners a United shirt with their names on the back, plus the number reflecting when they were lifted out of the mine during the rescue.

had also given the miners a guided tour at his then

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 20:40 IST