Five former Manchester United football stars showed up on an MTR train in Hong Kong on Thursday. Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt were traveling from Hong Kong Station on Hong Kong Island to Olympic Station in Kowloon, where they participated a commercial event.
The five, known for being part of the famous “Class of ’92,” made up the backbone of a phenomenally successful team under the management of their Scottish coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
They have just embarked on a global tour to promote Ballr, a live gaming app. They will visit 15 other markets, including Thailand, Cambodia and mainland China.
NowTV, a media partner for the tour, streamed a 15-minute live video, featuring the stars riding the MTR ride, on Facebook.
Some netizens speculated that the Britons were forced to take the MTR to avoid traffic jams occasioned by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s three-day visit to town. However, their travel route actually did not overlap with Xi’s as the Chinese leader is staying in Wan Chai.
David Beckham, another member of the “Class of 92”, has not joined his former team-mates on their tour. In March, Beckham changed his Facebook post from “Great 48 hours in China” to “Great 48 hours in Shanghai and Hong Kong” after a commercial trip. His Hong Kong fans had complained that “Hong Kong is not China”. The move in return drew complaints from mainland fans, who said “Hong Kong belongs to China.”