Updated at 6.52pm: Manchester United - one of the world's most famous soccer teams - arrived in Hong Kong on Friday afternoon to an enthusiastic reception from fans, local media reported. The players are in Hong Kong to play a charity match on Saturday with the Hong Kong national team. The English Premiership team was greeted by a large group of excited Hong Kong people at Chek Lap Kok International Airport. Some of them waved signs with the names of their favourite players. 'I have got a seat where I will supposedly see Ronaldo dashing and dribbling,' one female fan told local television. 'Now I'm not sure if this will happen,' she said. Cristiano Ronaldo did not join the Red Devils because his father is sick. It still has not been confirmed whether he will arrive later for Saturday's game. Other fans also said they were disappointed - as Ronaldo is one of the game's most talented players. Roy Keane and Wes Brown also did not travel with the team due to injuries. Another player Gabriel Heinze was resting. Manchester's star players in Hong Kong include: Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy. Mainland striker Dong Fang-zhuo, currently on loan to Belgian team Royal Antwerp, also arrived with Manchester United. He will become the first Chinese to play for the team. Coach Sir Alex Ferguson believes the Hong Kong weather would be the biggest adversary of the team. 'Obviously, the humidity is so bad that these things are something we have to deal with. On top of that I think it will be a good game, and I'm looking forward to it,' he said at a press conference on Friday afternoon. He also vowed to field South Korean soccer star Park Ji-sung - a recent buy for United. Established in 1878, Manchester United has a huge fan base around the world, especially in East Asia. It has also been the dominant force in English soccer for many years, winning the English Premier League eight times in the last 13 seasons. This included a treble in 1999, when they won the English FA cup and the UEFA Champions League as well. Manchester United was recently bought by US tycoon Malcolm Glazer in a hostile takeover. His controversial purchase incurred a ?520 million (HK$7.06 billion) debt on the team, making it one of the most indebted teams in the world. It caused fears among fans for an admissions raise and selling-out of star players. Former Manchester United superstar Eric Cantona arrived at Hong Kong earlier this week. He helped launch a new United Museum at a mall in Kwun Tong as well as a Manchester United Soccer School programme at the Hong Kong Football Club. United last played in Hong Kong in 1999 against Hong Kong soccer club South China. They were watched by 36,396 soccer fans. Spanish side Real Madrid visited Hong Kong in 2003, with star players including David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane. Beckham had previously played for Manchester United. The Hong Kong Football Association predicted a large turn out at the Hong Kong stadium at 4pm on Saturday.