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Danny Welbeck has recalled playing in the Manchester United Premier Cup ahead of this year's tournament in Shanghai.
The Reds' Under-15s are one of 20 teams taking part in the World Finals of the event with the opening ceremony and draw taking place this Saturday evening. The matches will be played at Shanghai Shenhua's training ground from 22 July with the final at the Shanghai National Stadium as a curtain-raiser for next Wednesday's big DHL tour game between the Reds and Didier Drogba's Shenhua.
Welbeck admits playing in the MUPC, which has been developed by Nike since 1993, was a magical moment in his young career.
“I remember being amazed at my MUPC experience in Hong Kong," said Welbeck. "Of course Fabio and Rafael (then playing for Brazilian side Fluminense) were outstanding but the level of ability from players in every team surprised me – and every match we played presented a different set of challenges.
"Although it was a steep learning curve, I think that facing top international competition at just 15 years of age gives you an understanding of just