Manchester United will return to the prestigious Milk Cup tournament in July this year, having ended a 25-year association with the tournament in 2015.
The competition was rebranded as the SuperCupNI in 2016 and reformatted, with a number of new age groups expanding the variety of teams playing.
United will enter an under-15 side in the Junior Section of the tournament, which starts on July 23. The final will be hosted on July 28.
SuperCupNI chairman Victor Leonard was delighted to welcome back United.
“Despite the disappointment two years ago we still maintained a good working relationship with United and respected their decision which, while difficult for us, was taken because of certain training requirements for the club’s reserves at that time,” Leonard said.
“Manchester United are a huge draw at SuperCupNI and we have been able to enjoy enormous success over the years because of their much valued and unwavering support.”
It’s fantastic to see United back at one of youth football’s best tournaments, with Nicky Butt seemingly putting much greater emphasis on tournament football since he took over as Head of Academy.
This summer alone, United will have teams at the Youdan Trophy, Otten Cup, SuperCupNI, Venice Champions Trophy. In 2017 so far, the Reds have played in the Dallas Cup, MiniEuro, MIC and Copa Mallorca.
Other participants in the Junior competition: Middlesbrough (England), Sheffield United (England), Plymouth Argyle (England), Swindon Town (England), Southampton (England), Glasgow Rangers (Scotland), Cherry Orchard (Republic of Ireland), North Dublin (Republic of Ireland), Dundalk Schoolboys (Republic of Ireland), First Choice Soccer (USA), GPS Bayern (USA), Strikers (USA), NC Elite (USA), Colina (Chile), Chivas Guadalajara (Mexico), MS Select (New Zealand) + six Ulster County teams.
Organisers have said they are hoping for more exciting news involving Manchester United and SuperCupNI.