Manchester United landed in Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport just after midnight today and were greeted by hundreds of enthusiastic fans, according to the team’s website. This marks Man U’s first China trip since 2009, part of a wider effort to reach out to the Asian market. It shouldn’t surprise you to know that the Red Devils are one of the most popular teams in this country, and Wednesday’s friendly vs. Shenhua FC should only renew fan loyalties.
By the way, you know how Didier Drogba plays for Shenhua now? He came off the bench and set up the team’s only goal yesterday in a 1-1 draw vs. Guangzhou R&F FC.
Youku video of Man U’s arrival for those in China after the jump.
Here’s Paul Scholes talking about his previous China trip:
And here’s Sir Alex Ferguson signing a fan’s shirt, via Wild East Football: