Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have told a group of squatters occupying their new £1.5m hotel that they have permission to stay on the premises over the winter.
The former Manchester United teammates are in the process of transforming the old Manchester stock exchange into a plush 35-bedroom boutique hotel, with renovation work set to begin in the next few months.
On Sunday however, a group of homeless activists known as the Manchester Angels took residence in the property.
According to the Guardian, a member of the group, Wesley Hall spoke to Neville, who told him he had no problem with the squatters staying for the winter.
Hall said the activist group now intends to create a safe environment for homeless people why they can have a roof over their head, hot food, and health and benefits advice.
Speaking to the Guardian, Hall said: "We were expecting that as soon as Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville found out that we had occupied the building that they would try to get us evicted and that we would have to look for another building.
"Having a few months during the winter to work with homeless people without the threat of eviction hanging over our heads is brilliant.”