‘Family United’: Man United stars Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic in high spirits as they watch the sun go down in Dubai on final evening of training camp
- Manchester United’s warm weather training camp in Dubai is coming to a close
- Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic enjoyed the sunset
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been putting his squad through their paces in UAE
- United are set for challenging visit to Tottenham in Premier League on Sunday
- They have won all five matches so far since Norwegian replaced Jose Mourinho
Manchester United‘s warm weather training camp in Dubai appears to have successfully restored a sense of camaraderie in the squad absent for much of the season.
Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has worked his magic over the last three weeks to heal the dressing room rifts that were the legacy of Jose Mourinho‘s turbulent reign.
With United winning all five matches played under Solskjaer so far, spirits have certainly been high during the week-long stay in the United Arab Emirates.
Manchester United stars Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic watched the sun set in Dubai on the final night of their warm weather training camp
Lukaku also posted the same snap on his Instagram account as United’s trip came to close
Sanchez was also snapped sitting on a sun lounger as the players enjoyed the Dubai sunset
MAN UNITED RESULTS UNDER SOLSKJAER
vs Cardiff – 5-1 (Dec 22)
vs Huddersfield – 3-1 (Dec 26)
vs Bournemouth – 4-1 (Dec 30)
vs Newcastle –2-0 (Jan 2)
vs Reading – 2-0 (Jan 5 – FA Cup)
Premier League unless otherwise stated
United’s stars were afforded some down time on their final night in Dubai, with Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic enjoying the sunset from their five-star resort.
There were broad smiles for the camera as the squad prepare to fly home ahead of Sunday’s visit to Tottenham, far and away the toughest assignment of Solskjaer’s tenure to date.
Tellingly, Sanchez captioned his Instagram post: ‘Family United’.
United have defeated Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and Newcastle United in the Premier League, and Reading in the third round of the FA Cup, since Solskjaer arrived.
In the process, they have scored 16 goals and looked far more recognisable as a United team than under Mourinho.
Sanchez poses for the camera as Manchester United trained for the final time in Dubai
Antonio Valencia, Alexis Sanchez, Eric Bailly and Juan Mata during training on Wednesday
Romelu Lukaku will be hoping to continue his recent scoring form against Tottenham Hotspur
Some of the club’s buoyant stars pose on Wednesday after winning a training match in Dubai
From left to right: James Garner, Angel Gomes, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Tahith Chong, Andreas Pereira and Scott McTominay celebrate in Dubai
Youngster Garner takes on Michael Carrick as Dalot keeps an eye on the ball on Wednesday
McTominay, who was part of the winning team in Wednesday’s session, takes a touch
Gomes plays a pass under pressure from Jesse Lingard as Ashley Young watches on in training
MANCHESTER UNITED’S NEXT SIX FIXTURES
January 13 – Tottenham (A)
January 19 – Brighton (H)(
January 26/27 – Arsenal (A), FA Cup
January 29 – Burnley (H)
February 3 – Leicester (A)
February 9 – Fulham (A)
*All games are Premier League unless stated
By contrast, United had lost twice, drawn twice and won just once in the final five matches before Mourinho’s sacking.
‘As you can imagine, it’s quite a happy camp,’ assistant coach Michael Carrick told MUTV on Wednesday. ‘Winning football matches, you can’t put a price on the feeling that gives you and the confidence, belief and almost a sense of calmness in a way.
‘It’s great to see the lads enjoying themselves. The football is flowing, the training is good and they’re bouncing around the place – it’s nice to see.’
Of new boss Solskjaer, Carrick added: ‘Ole has got that personality that rubs off on everybody – he’s so positive, he’s so upbeat all the time and I think you can see that rubbing off on individuals. That goes a long way to bringing the best out of the players.’
The training camp has allowed Solskjaer valuable time with his squad following the hectic festive schedule and they’ll need to be at their best to beat Spurs at Wembley.
United also have an FA Cup fourth round tie at Arsenal on the horizon, not to mention a blockbuster Champions League last-16 clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Romelu Lukaku (right) smiles as United’s players take part in a drill in the heat of Dubai
Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads his players in training during the final day in Dubai
De Gea steadies himself to make a save as Rashford unleashes a shot at goal on Wednesday