Manchester United have named their squad for the U19s Mercedes Benz Junior Cup which takes place between 5/6 January in Sindelfingen, Germany.
This year’s tournament will be the 26th edition of the competition and eight teams from five countries will competing as United look to defend their title.
Manchester United will be joined by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Schalke 04 (German u-19 champions), FC Brügge, VfB Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Rapid Vienna, and Guangzhou Evergrande.
The Reds have taken part in this tournament for the last three years, however, none of the 12 man squad have featured in the tournament previously.
Here is Paul McGuinness’ squad in full:
“We’re going to go into the competition again, as reigning champions obviously, so we have to try to defend that,” coach Paul McGuinness told ManUtd.com. “The organisers invited us back and it’s a very prestigious tournament so it’s a good opportunity to return.
United have been drawn in Group B alongside TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, FC Brügge, and Schalke 04. They will play their group matches on Tuesday 5th January.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (13:53)
FC Brügge (15:48)
Schalke 04 (16:57)
* Local times (One hour ahead of GMT)
United will then have other fixtures which will depend upon their placing in Group B. They can face the sides from Group A which contain youth teams from VfB Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Rapid Vienna and Guangzhou Evergrande. Further matches will take place on Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon.
This is a six-a-side tournament. The matches are played on artificial turf pitches surrounded on all sides with one metre high boarding. The corners of the pitches are round as in ice hockey. The matches are 18 minutes with a two minute half-time break.
McGuinness is hoping that a good showing at this year’s tournament will cement Manchester United onto the invitation list for this tournament, saying: “I think you might have to win it to be certain of going back because they do invite other teams from other countries as well. So you can’t always get an invitation and hopefully we’ve done well enough to impress and go back in future years as well.”