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Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United squad completed the final training session of the warm weather camp in Dubai following a successful and highly beneficial week in the sun.
The Reds took part in another afternoon session at the Nad Al Sheeba Complex as the manager worked on more tactical plans ahead of Monday’s Premier League match against Stoke City at Old Trafford.
The squad began the session with a number of drills and stretches, before embarking on some ball work. At the same time, the three goalkeepers on the trip – David De Gea, Joel Pereira and Kieran O’Hara – worked separately with their coaches, before later joining the full group.
Mourinho’s coaching staff spoke exclusively to MUTV about the benefits of the week away and you can watch all that on United in Dubai at 16:00 GMT on Thursday 11 January. Subscribe to MUTV now.
MUTV’s Mark Sullivan on the team’s daily routine in Dubai…
“The players have a good sleep each night and they generally leave their rooms at half 10 or 11 in the morning. They then report to the restaurant for some food and get on the coach at around 2pm for training. It’s a 30-minute transfer to the sports complex. Jose and his staff are already there, setting up the drills and getting things ready for the session. The players get changed, get out to the pitch, warm up and then the 90-minute session begins. After that they generally get in the pool, get showered, changed and head back to the team hotel. There they have a team meal and after that they have a bit of free time to socialise, relax and enjoy themselves.
“The facilities here in Dubai are absolutely stunning, by the way. It is state-of-the-art stuff and that’s why United have decided to come here. Morale is really, really high and the players are loving their time here. You can already see the benefits of the trip. The players are clearly re-energised and rejuvenated. When we get back to Manchester, I think everybody will see the benefits of the trip.”
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