Manchester City twice came from behind to begin Merit Group A with a 2-2 draw against Manchester United at the City Football Academy.
Missing the likes of Jadon Sancho, Joel Latibeaudiere and Lorenzo Gonzalez, City were held by their local rivals despite two strikes from Lukas Nmecha.
The Blues suffered a scare early on as United’s Angel Gomes fired into the roof of the net but only after the referee’s whistle had signalled the England youth international had handled the ball.
Much of the first half followed a similar pattern with City’s possession struggling to make inroads against a compact United and the visitors taking every opportunity to break with pace.
That method proved effective for United midway through the half as they took the lead through a drilled Angel Gomes effort that left Aro Muric with no chance.