Chilean miners set for Manchester United training

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Some of the Chilean miners rescued in October are to take part in a training session with Manchester United on Monday, hours before going on to watch the team's Premier League match against Arsenal.

The miners arrived in Manchester on Sunday and were taken to a reception at Old Trafford hosted by United great Bobby Charlton, who is the son of a miner.

"I can't believe these are the same people the whole world dropped everything for. You took it in your stride and everyone around the world is very proud of you," Charlton said.

Along with a session at the club's Carrington training ground on the outskirts of Manchester, the miners will also meet manager Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson told the United website: "It’s fantastic that they’re coming... These are people who showed real substance and perseverance to make sure they survived. There are examples in life which you should always take note of."

The miners will also be United's guests when the team contests top slot in the Premier League with current leaders Arsenal in Monday's night game.