Manchester United stars meet Games of Thrones actors before being put through their paces by Mourinho in California sun

Manchester United may be in the middle of an important pre-season training camp but even they could not help but get swept up in the Game of Thrones hype that is currently gripping the globe.

The popular television series will return to British screens for a seventh series on Monday evening and, to celebrate, the Manchester United team welcomed two of its more modest stars to their training base at UCLA.

John Bradley-West, who plays the cult hero Samwell Tarly, tagged along with Joe Dempsie, whose character Gendry is set to return to the fold after a four-year absence.