Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, has ordered his players to turn up for training on Christmas day at 4pm ahead of their Boxing Day Premier League clash against Huddersfield.
Sun UK reports that the players had been hoping to spend time with their families and loved ones on Christmas day with an earlier training time, which will leave the evening free for them.
But a club source disclosed that instead the team would train at Carrington on Christmas day then head to their hotel, where they will spend the night and eat together.
The source was quoted by Sun UK as saying:â€œUnder Sir Alex, the players used to train first thing on Christmas Day and then go home and spend time with their family and enjoy a festive dinner. â€œBut this year, thereâ€™s not going to be much fun for them. â€œTheyâ€™ll probably have some pasta before training and then spend Christmas Day evening alone in their rooms at the Lowry.â€
The manager is understood to be flying out to Portugal on December 23 to spend time with his family in his homeland before returning by private jet on December 25.
Manchester United, who are currently sixth on the Premier League table also play Bournemouth on New Yearâ€™s Eve before their trip to Newcastle just two days later