Manchester United’s Europa League campaign gets back up and running this week with the second leg of the tie against LASK.
Barring a complete disaster with United already 5-0 up, United will then fly to Germany, where the quarter-finals, semis and final will be held in one-off games.
United’s players trained on Sunday in the build-up to the game, including those who had been on holiday over the past week.
There were no exceptions, with even star midfielder Bruno Fernandes called in, despite an expectation he will be rested for some of the Europa League games.
Fernandes posted a picture from Carrington, of course celebrating that he was on the ‘winning team’.
It would be a big surprise if Fernandes even makes the bench against LASK with United already pretty much through to the last eight.
Whether he is included in the starting line-up for the quarter-final becomes more of a talking point.
If United are serious about winning the competition then the obvious answer is that he should, but the team also have to look ahead to next season, and consider the benefits he could feel of a whole month off.
Is a risk of injury in this competition worth it, ahead of next season, where United are concerned?
United’s back-ups will get a chance against LASK, and whichever of Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira or Juan Mata get a chance, they will need to seize it.
More training pictures
Here is a look at pictures posted by Fred, Brandon Williams and Odion Ighalo from Sunday’s training session…
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