Manchester United’s players are in Spain for a winter training camp, with two friendlies ahead over the next week.
United face Cadiz on Wednesday and Real Betis on Saturday, to keep fitness levels high ahead of the Carabao Cup match with Burnley on December 21.
A 29-man squad flew out to Jerez, Spain, including many young players, with several first team stars away at the World Cup.
Here is a look at four things we learned as pictures from the first session emerge…
Erik ten Hag is buzzing to be back
The break in the season will have come as an inconvenience to Erik ten Hag, and the Manchester United manager looks thrilled to be back.
The Dutchman was grinning as he returned to the training pitch, ready to put his players through their paces.
It was clear Ten Hag has missed this, and he looks raring to go once again. This enthusiasm will rub off on the players.
Different attitudes to Spanish winter temperatures
One noticeable aspect of the training session was the contrast in training clothes worn by various players.
Anthony Martial wore long sleeves and tracksuit bottoms, while Victor Lindelof wore shorts. Zidane Iqbal was one of the few players wearing a T-shirt.
In another picture on Instagram, Brandon Williams wore a vest. It may not be blazing hot, but it’s certainly warmer than Manchester.
Isak Hansen-Aaroen’s chance to shine
One player who stood out was Isak Hansen-Aaroen with his bleach blonde hair and heavy tattoos.
With 29 players out in Spain, any edge the 18-year-old Norwegian can get to stand out and catch his coaches’ eye will help.
The FA Youth Cup winner featured for United against Rayo Vallecano in pre-season and has a real chance to play 45 minutes in one of the friendly matches.
With key midfielders away at the World Cup, there is a chance for Hansen-Aaroen to force his way into the team for the Carabao Cup tie.
David de Gea’s key role leading young stars
David de Gea really should be at the World Cup with Spain – but that’s their loss to deal with.
He is making himself useful, mixing with United’s young players, seen above with Alejandro Garnacho and Marc Jurado.
He has a valuable role during this trip, to help educate the youngsters about first team standards, and what it means to represent the club.
Manager Erik ten Hag will be looking at De Gea to help impart the club’s values. Along with Tom Heaton, he is the oldest player on the trip.