Reds can­cel Mid­dle East plans

Manchester Evening News - - UNITED - By SA­MUEL LUCKHURST

UNITED have can­celled plans for a warm weather train­ing camp next month amid ten­sions in the Mid­dle East.

The as­sas­si­na­tion of Ira­nian mil­i­tary com­man­der Qasem Soleimani in a US air strike two weeks ago caused out­rage in the re­gion and Iran has vowed to take ‘se­vere re­venge’.

United trained at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Com­plex in Dubai last year and the year be­fore, and trav­elled to Qatar three times dur­ing the 2010s un­der Sir Alex Fer­gu­son and David Moyes.

United played in Sami Al-Jaber’s tes­ti­mo­nial in Saudi Ara­bia

Jan­uary 2008 and took ad­van­tage of an eight-day gap be­tween games to fly to Dubai in Jan­uary 2004.

Dubai and Iran are sep­a­rated by the Per­sian Gulf but their ge­o­graph­i­cal prox­im­ity is so close the near­est dis­tance be­tween any point be­tween the coun­tries is around 50 kilo­me­tres. ‘World War 3’ and sim­i­lar top­ics trended on so­cial me­dia in the wake of the US air strike and United have de­cided not to spend their win­ter break in the Mid­dle East.

“If there is one thing that wor­ries me it’s not on the foot­ball pitch,” Sol­sk­jaer said. “There are other things that will worry me more than foot­ball. We were look­ing at the Mid­dle East but that is def­i­nitely not go­ing to hap­pen.”

Be­tween Fe­bru­ary 1 and Fe­bru­ary 17 there is a win­ter break in the Premier League.

“I am go­ing to give [the play­ers] a few days off,” Sol­sk­jaer added. “I don’t know where they will all scat­ter around but we will stay in Europe. This mid-sea­son break will be very im­por­tant for ev­ery­one and we have five or six games un­til then.

“We are just go­ing to stick at it and hang in there un­til then, and get the per­for­mances and re­sults and re­sults we hope we are go­ing to get. And get some vi­ta­min D and get ready for the last three months.”

United star Paul Pogba has un­der­gone an an­kle op­er­a­tion

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