Chelsea and Manchester united have a long rivalry but the two clubs put their rivalry aside to create a special relationship aimed at developing youngsters from both clubs.
Youngsters from the academies of both clubs spent a day interacting and playing against each other at the home of the Football Association. Both clubs believe they can make the next generation of future stars from both clubs better by working together.
Both clubs also believe that by taking the youngsters out of their comfort zone, they will ready the next generation of stars for life in the seniors.
Manchester United manager and former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hailed the partnership between both clubs.
“We put a project in place due to our good relationship with Chelsea,” Mourinho is quoted on Daily Mail.
“We have similar thoughts on how to develop players and this year decided to meet them at St George’s Park where three of the younger age groups played all day across every format of the game.
“It was the best players, we perceive, in the north and south of the country in a pressurized situation.
“It was difficult but almost creating an elite playground. It was playground type of football against the best players out there and it was an absolutely fantastic experience and is not something that is done elsewhere.