MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is backing a team of homeless men bidding to win a soccer trophy.
He has offered a two-day training session with his club's coaches for the eight-man squad.
Huddersfield man Kevin Wilson, 22, is goalkeeper in the team hoping to lift the Homeless World Cup in Sweden.
They will travel to Manchester United's training centre for intensive coaching next Tuesday and Wednesday.
The squad, managed by The Big Issue in the North magazine, is hoping to go one better than at last year's inaugural tournament, where England came second.
Sir Alex said: "I get an incredible buzz out of managing Manchester United and if these lads feel even a fraction of that high, then playing for England in the Homeless World Cup will be the best week of their lives.
"I'm happy to assist The Big Issue in the North in making this a memorable experience for the lads. The work they do with homeless people is commendable."
The team's visit to Manchester will be the last time they train together before travelling to Gothenburg to compete against 30 countries.