Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping that a week of warm weather training in Dubai will ensure his Manchester United stars are fit and firing for the biggest test of his caretaker reign yet, against Tottenham.
Some of the players have effectively had a week and a half off after being rested for United’s last match, the 2-0 victory against Reading.
Going into the weekend, the news cycle around Old Trafford has not churned out any sensational headlines, but it is still turning and we’ve made sure you’re up to date ahead of the big match this weekend…
Mata faces uncertain future?
According to Spanish outlet AS, Juan Mata has revealed he faces an uncertain future at the club, indicating that negotiations to extend his contract – which expires at the end of the season – are not in motion.
The Sun report that Brazilian midfielder Fred was training alone at times in Dubai in an attempt to impress Solskjaer and force his way into his first choice team.
The same paper report that United are in line for a £10m payout if Jose Mourinho takes up the reigns at Real Madrid following his Old Trafford dismissal last month.
Pereira set to leave again?
Joel Pereira returned to United from a failed loan spell in his native Portugal on Wednesday and the Daily Mail report that he is on the verge of a move to Reading on loan.
Meanwhile, Portuguese outlet O Jogo claim that Porto have set their price for United target Eder Militao at a whopping £68m.