20/12/2012 03:32 GMT

Manchester United Unicef Gala Dinner (PICTURES)

Manchester United players attended the club's annual Unicef gala dinner on Wednesday night as Premier League rivals Chelsea slogged it out in the Leeds rain across the Pennines.

A week after he went all Gangnam Style at the club's Christmas party, Shinji Kagawa appeared to enjoy the red carpet limelight while most of the other players were accompanied by their wives and girlfriends.

The players could have been forgiven for relaxing that bit more with manager Sir Alex Ferguson not in attendance as he gave a masterclass to Harvard University students in Boston.

BBC political editor Nick Robinson was the evening's compere.

Manchester United UNICEF ball