Manchester United legends produced an impressive display to beat their Barcelona counterparts 3-1 at the Nou Camp on Friday night.
The United heavyweights have now established a handy lead ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford in September, thanks to goals from Jesper Blomqvist (14), Karel Poborsky (57) and Dwight Yorke (77).
At the other end, a star-studded Barcelona attack featuring Ronaldinho and Rivaldo produced some scintillating football, but the hosts were unable to find the net until Frederic Dehu managed to pull a goal back in the final minute.
Raimond van der Gouw was in goal for United in a match which raised money for the Pediatric Cancer Centre Barcelona (PCCB)
He produced a decent early save to keep out a Ronaldinho free-kick.
Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Patrick Kluivert created plenty of chances for Barca but the hosts could not quite get a breakthrough.
Barca, however, pulled one back when Dehu produced a calm finish.
The second leg, which will raise money for the Manchester United Foundation’s work, will be on September 2.