At about 11.45pm on Friday 20 March 2015, police were called to a hospital in Salford following reports a man had been admitted with stab wounds to his neck, shoulder and chest.
Officers attended and established the 28-year-old man had been attacked earlier that evening on Edward Street, Salford, at the junction of Cottenham Lane near to the Palatine public house.
The man remains in a serious condition in hospital. He sustained a number of deep and serious stab wounds to his back which just missed his lungs, wounds to his chest which just missed his heart and to his neck.
He was helped to hospital by friends.
The attacker is described as being in his early 20s, white, of a slim build, 5ft 7in tall, with brown hair cut into a style reminiscent of that popular in the 1960s. He had a scruffy beard or moustache. He was wearing a royal blue and light blue top with a white circle emblem on the front and blue jeans, and was also carrying a large carving style kitchen knife.
Detective Sergeant Julie Connor said: “This was a brutal attack and our investigation is now focused on establishing the motive, which as yet is not known.
“What we do know from the doctors is that the victim is lucky to by alive and if his friends had not intervened at the scene, he would probably have died from blood less.
“This is clearly a very serious incident and I would appeal to anyone who has information about what happened to come forward.”
An investigation has been launched and police are appealing to anyone who has information to come forward and call officers on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.