The Manchester United Premier Cup is underway in Shanghai with the Reds entering an Under-15 team in the competition.
The Nike-backed tournament includes 20 clubs at this World Finals stage with four groups of five battling it out for the prize of competing for the trophy as a curtain raiser to United's first team's clash with Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday.
A message was relayed to all the youngsters by Sir Alex Ferguson, who stressed: "MUPC is a terrific competition, with great opportunities so enjoy each other’s company, respect the game, respect the referee and, above all, enjoy it!"
The draw pitted the United schoolboys in Group C along with Boca Juniors, Dinamo Zagreb, Shanghai FA and Ajax Cape Town.
The Reds lost 2-0 to Boca before playing out a goalless draw with Zagreb. A narrow 1-0 reverse to Shanghai followed, leaving the team in fifth spot in the table at the end of the first day.