United’s rude awak­en­ing be­fore Wolves loss

Daily Mail - - Sports Newspaper Of The Year - By SI­MON JONES

MANCH­ESTER UNiTEd’S pre-match sleep was dis­rupted on Tues­day af­ter­noon when the ho­tel fire alarm went off — twice.

United gave a tired per­for­mance as they lost 2-1 at Wolves, a de­feat that put a dent in their hopes of a top-four fin­ish.

They were stay­ing at the £85-a-night four- star Mount Ho­tel Coun­try Manor, in Tet­ten­hall, near Wolver­hamp­ton, prior to the game. Play­ers checked in at 9pm on Mon­day for their overnight stay and pre­pared for the evening kick­off at Mo­lineux with a cus­tom­ary af­ter­noon nap on Tues­day.

How­ever, their peace was dis­turbed when the ho­tel’s fire alarms went off at around 2.30pm and 3pm. Staff apol­o­gised but it did lit­tle to help United’s prepa­ra­tions. Striker Mar­cus Rash­ford had been sent home from the ho­tel ear­lier in the af­ter­noon suf­fer­ing from a heavy cold as well as need­ing fur­ther treat­ment for his an­kle in­juries.

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