WITH MANCHESTER UNITED already out of the FA Cup, David Moyes took his squad to sunny Dubai for a training camp over the weekend.
And the players were greeted by welcome surprise when legendary Argentine World Cup winner Diego Maradona turned up to meet them.
Maradona, who managed Dubai club Al Wasl as recently as 2012, posed with Robin van Persie, Rio Ferdinand, Javier Hernandez and Juan Mata among others.
Writing in his blog on Man United’s website, January signing Juan Mata said of the trip:
“This kind of break always helps to make the group even stronger and to switch off a bit from the different competitions and the tight schedule. Also, it’s amazing to see how many fans the club has around the world.
Personally, these days are good for me to settle even more in the team and share these moments with my team-mates. And also, obviously, to train hard and get used to the new working patterns after just three weeks in the club.
“These are long days, with training sessions and events with sponsors; we spend a lot of time together but there is free time too, so I can discover this country and its culture.”
Next up for seventh-placed United is a trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace on Saturday before they meet Olympiakos in the Champions league Round of 16 next week.