Reds cancel Middle East plans
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.”
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