Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Players Given Short Break Ahead of Final Friendlies

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Players Given Short Break Ahead of Final Friendlies

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JOSE Mourinho gave his United players time off following their return from a wasted week in China.

United flew 11,524 miles to play just one game in the Far East, as their match against City in Beijing was cancelled due to an unplayable pitch.

The players returned from Beijing in the early hours of Tuesday morning and headed to Carrington for a two-hour training session at 6.30am.

Although the players were understood to be 'unimpressed', they acknowledged the work-out was necessary after the City match was called off and Mourinho rewarded them for their dedication.

United forward Memphis returned to the Netherlands to visit friends in Rotterdam. United's players finally met Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Carrington yesterday before Mourinho takes his squad to Gothenburg for tomorrow's friendly against Galatasaray. …

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