Seventeen young footballers from 13 different countries recently had the opportunity to meet members of United’s first-team and gain behind-the-scenes insight into life at Carrington.
The players, aged between 9 and 15, visited the Reds' training ground to take part in the 10th World Skills Final. At each residential and international Manchester United Soccer Schools course players are awarded points based on four key footballing disciplines – the highest scorers from the season’s courses are invited to Manchester to determine the overall winner.
In the end, 11-year-old Arnor Gauti Brynjolfsson emerged triumphant. He was crowned World Skills Final champion by Sir Bobby Charlton on the Old Trafford pitch during the half-time break of United’s match against Blackburn Rovers.
While in Manchester, Arnor and his fellow competitors were also put through a rigorous skills session by first-team coach Rene Meulensteen and former Reds striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“The kids were really good,” Solskjaer said. “When I compare them to when I was their age there’s a big difference in terms of the skills they know. But I tried to teach them to go back to basics – receiving and passing the ball are the most important things in football.