United's Academy XI thrilled a sizeable crowd at Loughborough University's impressive new stadium with an exhibition of attacking football yielding a 6-2 triumph.
All of the Reds' goals came inside the first 64 minutes as the students finished strongly in a previously one-sided encounter with the youngsters able to showcase their talent in convincing fashion.
Paul McGuinness took a side to the University he attended with the party treated to an extensive tour of the sporting facilities on the campus. A minute's applause preceded the match in memory of former Loughborough sports stalwart Mike Holliday and there was entertainment from the first whistle.
Charlie Turnbull was sold a little short in midfield and Ben Pearson stole in to thunder directly through on goal and slip the ball under Daniel Lowton with less than two minutes on the clock. A flowing move, 10 minutes later, saw Mats Daehli, Andreas Pereira and Jack Barmby carefully work the ball on to James Weir, who prodded home.
Barmby, clearly enjoying himself early on, showed great skill to force a save out of Lowton and then rattled the bar with a thumping free-kick. United ruthlessly punished another slack pass in midfield with Weir feeding Barmby, who timed his through ball to Daehli to perfection, allowing the Norwegian to produce a slide-rule finish.
Pearson, a real bundle of energy, won the ball again and stormed forward with sheer conviction to touch in a fourth following ideal passes between Barmby and Pereira to reward his run into the box. Only the woodwork denied Pereira a first-half goal of his own as his exquisite turn was matched by a stunning shot that thudded down off the underside of the bar with Lowton a mere bystander.
However, the Belgium youth international did not have to wait long to get his name on the scoresheet, flighting a fine free-kick wide of the diving Lowton with 51 minutes gone. Lowton denied Pearson his hat-trick and stretched to get his fingertips to a Barmby chip.