01/11/2012 15:56,

Going in for the skill

Ten year old Jack Brown, from Indonesia, was crowned the winner of the 2012 Manchester United Soccer Schools World Skills Final.

Having been flown over by the club along with 28 other youngsters aged nine to 15, Jack capped a dream 48 hours in Manchester by picking up the trophy from Reds legend Denis Irwin before United's Premier League win over Stoke.

The shortlist comprised finalists from 18 different countries, but it was Jack who walked off with the trophy after impressing during a skills session at the Cliff training ground led by first team coach Rene Meulensteen and Academy manager Brian McClair.

For the youngster – who took a Singapore course – the undoubted highlight of the trip to Manchester was the chance to play on the Old Trafford pitch ahead of United's victory over Stoke.

“I’m so happy," he grinned. "This has been the biggest moment of my life yet. Playing on the pitch was just amazing – the best I’ve ever played on. I just imagined that I was out there playing with Wayne Rooney and I’d love to be playing on there with the United players in ten years!”

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