THE ACADEMY

09/12/2011 12:11, Report by Adam Marshall

Young Reds in Brazil

United have sent a youthful squad to Belo Horizonte in Brazil for the exciting opportunity to play in the Future Champions tournament.

The Under-17 championship allows the young Reds to pit their wits against the cream of world youth football, with Paul McGuinness' side drawn in Group C alongside Brazilians Corinthians and Chilean outfit Colo Colo.

United's opening fixture will be played on Monday 12 December against Corinthians, with the Colo Colo game to follow on Tuesday. A third encounter, against another Brazilian team, Flamengo, will kick off on Wednesday and help determine which fixture United will play in the knockout stages of the competition.

Juventus are the only other European representatives and the trip will provide invaluable experience for the travelling squad.

More: U18s fixtures and results

Future Champions cup

Group A:
Atletico Mineiro
Boca Juniors
Juventus

Group B:
Cruzeiro
Tijuana
Orlando Pirates

Group C:
Corinthians
Colo Colo
Manchester United

Group D:
Flamengo
Club Nacional
Vissel Kobe