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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Jose Mourinho and Manchester United greeted by heavy rain in Dubai

United manager posted a video of a downpour at their hotel

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho keeps warm back in the UK. Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho keeps warm back in the UK. Action Images via Reuters / Jason Cairnduff

It never rains, but it pours for some football managers.

For Jose Mourinho, the sun has generally shone on his glittering managerial career, but the Manchester United boss was left under the weather as the club arrived in Dubai for some warm weather training and rehabilitation.

Mourinho last night posted a video on his Instagram account of heavy rain falling at the Dubai hotel where the team is staying.

"DUBAI....warm weather training camp," he joked, having come to the Emirates not expecting conditions seen regularly back in Manchester.

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Rain fell across the country on Monday night, and there was chance of more falling in coastal and northern areas, the national weather centre reported.

Mourinho said last week that his team was looking forward to the trip, although at the time it was dependent on results in other fixtures which could have meant United having to stay at home.

"Everybody wants to go to Dubai," he said. "A week of good training, good facilities but now it depends on Stoke’s result."

He later told MUTV: "If we can have time to have a good, nice week to recover some injured players and tired players and, at the same time, work on some tactical details I think it would be good for the second part of the season."

Mourinho had been embroiled in a war of words with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte prior to his arrival in Dubai.

United have just finished a run of five matches in 14 days, and face Stoke on January 15. They beat Derby County 2-0 on Friday to progress to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.

Dubai is a popular venue for European football clubs seeking a winter break.

Scottish side Celtic have also been busy training in Dubai, posting a picture of a session with the Burj Khalifa in the background.

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