State of play: The Reds' Chinese fixture on the DHL tour is against Shanghai Shenhua, the ambitious local outfit who have Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in their ranks. The Chevrolet China Cup game is at the Shanghai Stadium, with the Manchester United Premier Cup final for the world's best Under-15s taking place beforehand as a curtain-raiser.
Ins and outs: Sir Alex pledged to give all his players an outing on tour so Sam Johnstone can hope for a stint in goal, especially as Ben Amos has flown back to the UK to join Hull City on loan. There is likely to be a mix of youth and experience again with Shinji Kagawa in line for a second start and Bebe hoping his late equaliser against Ajax Cape Town earns him a place. Drogba has injected fresh life into a struggling team and set up a goal for Cao Yunding on his debut against Guangzhou R&F.
Last game in Shanghai: In the Treble-winning year of 1999, the Reds won 2-0 against Shenhua. The goalscoring heroes from Camp Nou were on target again as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer netted after an hour and then set up Teddy Sheringham for the clincher.
Opposition boss: Former Argentina manager Sergio Batista is the new head coach after replacing Anelka, who had stepped in as player-coach following Jean Tigana's sacking. The 49-year-old was a midfielder in his playing days and represented Argentinos Juniors over 250 times, winning the World Cup with his country in 1986.