Manchester United players enjoyed their Christmas lunch at Carrington training ground this week, ahead of the Boxing Day fixture against Stoke City.

Louis van Gaal helped serve up the meal to his players, before reportedly giving a speech in front of 200 members of staff.

“We are Manchester United and we will survive — but we have to stick together,” he said.

As dreadful as the situation feels at the moment, it’s important to remember that three weeks ago United were just one point off the top of the table, and now are still only three points behind Manchester City. Things can change very quickly in football and Van Gaal will be hoping his speech is the catalyst for that.