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Manchester United big in Japan

Japanese Manchester United fans await the team's arrival in Tokyo

Japan is never shy in welcoming stars and the visit of Manchester United, for the Fifa Club World Cup, is no different

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson arrives at Narita International Airport

Leading the way, as ever, is manager Sir Alex Ferguson. United take on J-League side Gamba Osaka in the semi-final on Thursday

Manchester United players arrive at Tokyo's Narita International Airport

Following behind are his bleary-eyed Premier League champions, no doubt jet-lagged from the 11-hour flight to Tokyo from London

Anderson and Cristiano Ronaldo

Portuguese-speaking brothers in arms Anderson and Cristiano Ronaldo manage to raise a smile, though, as they pass through the airport

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs was man of the match when Manchester United won the Intercontinental Cup against Palmeiras in 1999

Japanese fans welcome Manchester United to Tokyo

The excitement of seeing Welsh wizard Giggs proves too much for one young Wayne Rooney fan as he falls asleep in his mother's arms

Cristiano Ronaldo signs autographs for fans

Despite what looks like the world's biggest watch, Ballon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo manages to sign autographs for frantic fans

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Coach steps off coach: boss Fergie greets photographers with a smile as he arrives for United's first training session in a chilly Japan

Manchester United players train in Tokyo

And finally it's down to business: Ronaldo is at the centre of the action as United players attempt to run off their jet-lag

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs keeps an eye on his team-mates during a training session

Rio Ferdinand

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand takes a breather during training at Marinos Town in Yokohama

Paul Scholes

Carlos Tevez keeps close tabs on Paul Scholes as the Manchester United players sharpen up their ball skills

Cristiano Ronaldo

Penny for your thoughts: Cristiano Ronaldo in action during training

Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was in relaxed mood as he spoke to the media at Pacifico Yokohama

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