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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 April 2019

Manchester United squad set for Dubai training camp after FA Cup clash

It will follow on from a similar trip to the UAE in January last year

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku (L) celebrates with team-mate Paul Pogba after scoring a goal in the English Premier League match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford. EPA
Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku (L) celebrates with team-mate Paul Pogba after scoring a goal in the English Premier League match between Manchester United and Bournemouth at Old Trafford. EPA

Manchester United are to fly in to Dubai this weekend for a warm weather training camp, according to reports.

United face Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday, and will then spend four days in the Emirates prior to their next fixture Premier League fixture against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on January 13.

Spirits are high at the club after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as manager from Jose Mourinho last month, and has overseen victories in each of his first three matches in charge.

Solskjaer and his team will reportedly stay at the One&Only Royal Mirage Arabian Court, close to Palm Jumeirah.

United headed to Dubai at a similar time last year, and on that occasion were greeted by heavy rain when they arrived for some intensive training and rehabilitation.

The weather cleared up ahead of a session at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex where the players were put through their paces in contrasting conditions to those found in England at this time of year.

On returning home last year, they produced a strong display in the 3-0 victory over Stoke City, and will be hoping that the effects of their Dubai trip pay off once again.

They face Newcastle United in the Premier League this evening, as they attempt to continue to haul themselves up the table after their terrible start to the campaign under Mourinho.

There has been a dramatic upturn in form since Solskjaer arrived and they currently sit sixth, six points behind fifth-placed Arsenal.

One United player who knows all about Dubai is Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman, who has scored four goals in the past two matches, was here in November when he was spotted at the Nusret-Et Dubai restaurant along with Lionel Messi.

They will likely just miss out on being in Dubai at the same time as former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

He has been in the UAE in recent days ahead of the Globe Soccer Awards at Madinat Jumeirah on Thursday night.

He has been making the most of his visit with a boat trip, helicopter ride and a meeting with Dubai's Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed.

He returns to action with Juventus after the Serie A winter break on January 21.

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Updated: January 2, 2019 05:33 PM

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