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2013 Milk Cup - 29 July to 2 August

The tournament is based in Northern Ireland with Finals night being staged at Ballymena Showgrounds

30/04/2013 00:45, Report by Adam Marshall

Reds learn Milk Cup rivals

Manchester United will compete in the Milk Cup for a 24th successive year this summer with the youth tournament in Northern Ireland starting towards the end of July.

The likes of Gary Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Robbie Savage, Keith Gillespie, Kieran Richardson, Darren Fletcher and Danny Welbeck have all represented the Reds in the competition in the past.

After reaching the final in 2011, Paul McGuinness' side finished seventh last year but Angelo Henriquez impressed with Chile in the Elite international section of the finals ahead of his move to Old Trafford.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers performed the draw and United are in Group 5 of the Premier section, alongside Germans TUS Altenberge, USA outfit South Coast Strikers and Co. Antrim.

Strikers met United in the semi-finals of last year's Globe section and won a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw with Sam Byrne scoring for the Reds.

More: United's 2011 Milk Cup squad | United's 2012 Milk Cup squad

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