A few days earlier, Mason Greenwood had been playing for the first team at Old Trafford and James Garner was also in the squad for the final-day match against Cardiff City in the Premier League.
“There are nearly 100 children here from different schools and they get something from meeting our young players, possibly stars of the future of course, and our youngsters also get something from it as it’s not often they get to deal with young people in this way,” explained Academy player liaison officer Dave Bushell.
“Our scholars have had a hard-working season and done really well on the field so this is a good way to finish it. Mason and Jimmy have been coached by the first team and they’re here looking after the young children and just mixing with the rest of the group.”
Academy programme adviser Tony Whelan added: “We do a lot of events over the course of the year but this is right up there, especially for the older boys, the young professionals, to see them show leadership skills and the way to interact with the young kids. To see Mason playing in front of 70,000-odd people in the first team and then come here to engage with these young people is wonderful experience for him but for the kids as well.
“All our lads are animated and it rubs off on the people here. For the kids to come from different parts of Greater Manchester to be coached by United players at any level must be an amazing thing.”