Lee Clark was delighted with the run-out as his Blackpool XI held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw.
A first-half goal by Francois Zoko was cancelled out by a Will Keane strike after the break in the behind-closed-doors clash at United’s Carrington training ground.
Watched by United legend Ryan Giggs, the Reds team included goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard and £30m midfield man Ander Herrera.
Pool manager Clark used the game to field a number of trialists alongside Jonathan Legear, John Lundstram, Tony McMahon, Andrea Orlandi and Jeffrey Rentmeister. Striker Steven Davies made his return from injury and played for an hour.
A satisfied Clark said: “It was good to have a run-out against such talented players.
“We need to make these games a more regular occurrence and get fitness into the players. A few players got the opportunity to impress me and force their way into my plans.
“It was a very good workout and good preparation for the weekend.
“Some players did themselves no harm but there were a couple who almost went the other way.”