Ralf Rangnick gave the Man Utd players a week off before they return to training this weekend and there have been a variety of breaks taken – with Dubai a popular destination
Manchester United players are taking advantage of the Premier League’s winter break to rest, while some attend training camps in the warm weather.
Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot all train at Dubai’s Nad Al Sheba training complex, where former boss Ole Gunnar Solskajer took United for a winter camp in 2019.
Despite caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick apparently giving his players a week off with the United squad not due to train in Manchester until Saturday, Rashford, Lingard and Dalot are determined to stay fully fit during the break .
United legend Cristiano Ronaldo flew off to a secret sunny spot with his personal fitness and nutritionist, Javier Santamaria, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner posting photos of the pair on his official Instagram account, along with a photo of the Portuguese star sipping a drink on a deckchair.
Skipper Harry Maguire is also in Dubai, where he played a round of golf – with Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford – with former Open champion Shane Lowry, at the Els Club, with the Irishman in action at the Dubai Desert Classic, at the Emirates Club, which begins on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Scott McTominay also posted from the gold course, but rather than the desert he headed for cold Scotland.
United’s Brazilian duo Alex Telles and Fred have joined Brazil, while Edinson Cavani is in the Uruguay squad, alongside Facundo Pellistri who is currently on loan, while Eric Bailly is in the Africa Cup of Nations with Côte d’Ivoire.
But most United players are enjoying a well-deserved break, having played 14 games in the nine weeks since the last international break in November.
Rangnick himself is using the break to catch up with his family and said: “I think it’s important because it’s the only time the players and also the staff members can recover a bit and see their families.
“I couldn’t see my family over Christmas, so at least it’s a little chance to see each other again.
“The same can be true for the players and we still have a normal training week in order to prepare and prepare for the game against Middlesbrough.”
United will be next in action at Old Trafford, against Chris Wilder’s side, in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday February 4 at 8pm.