The Manchester United squad have travelled to Spain for some warm weather training during the winter break. With the worst storm in seven years ready to hit England on Sunday, the holiday couldn’t come soon enough!
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed in an interview with MUTV that Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe are on the mend so have travelled with the rest of the squad, although it’s come too soon for Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.
United have opted not to take the risk with new signing Odion Ighalo though, who travelled recently from China, with the club worried that restrictions over travel due to the coronavirus.
Scotty has done better in his recovery than we thought, so we will take him with us. Hopefully he can join in the training sessions and Axel as well, he’ll join in, so that’s two positives and it’s a good chance for them to use this time with the players.
Marcus and Paul are not ready yet to join in the training. Lee Grant unfortunately has had an injury, so he will require surgery, so he will be out for two or three months, so hopefully he’ll get back before the end of the season.
Odion will stay in Manchester, because he arrived from China in the last 14 days. Because of the situation in China, we’re not sure if he’d be allowed back into England if he leaves the country again, so he’s staying here working with a personal coach, individual programme and his family then can settle in England as well. That’s a plus. Of course he might have liked to have come with the players and got to know them, but the risk [of potential border restrictions tightening], we don’t want to take that.
I’ve kept in touch with him. He’s had a few days back home to organise. He’s going to have to move and say his goodbyes back home, so he’s ready. He wasn’t 100 per cent happy with his debut and there’s more to come, so that’s a good sign.
Solskjaer talked about the importance of having this break and has revealed the players will be working on individual programmes while in Spain.
It’s important that English football got this break. Whenever it’s going to be I think it will benefit the players and benefit the teams. December and January were really hectic with loads of games, nine in each of those months, so our players were stretched and yeah, it’s a good time for us now.
Everyone’s got more or less their own individual programmes, so the ones who played less or are just returning from injury, they’re doing a little bit more and of course for the new signings, it’s also a good time now for them to integrate into the group.