United's glum stars head to Carrington to step up Chelsea preparations

Manchester United’s glum stars head into Carrington to step up their preparations to face Chelsea on Thursday, looking to salvage some pride and end a miserable run of form

  • Manchester United lost 3-1 against Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday
  • Next up, they host Champions League holders Chelsea at Old Trafford
  • But their loss to The Gunners has all but erased hopes of a top four finish 

Manchester United’s players struck a glum mood on Tuesday morning as they arrived at the club’s Carrington training base to step up their preparations for Thursday’s clash with Chelsea.

United were beaten 3-1 by Arsenal on Saturday, all but ending their chances of finishing in the top four and qualifying for next season’s Champions League. 

That result came after a 4-0 humbling by fierce rivals Liverpool at Anfield last week but the fixture list isn’t getting any easier for Ralf Rangnick’s men, who have won just once in their last six games in all competitions.

Marcus Rashford pictured arriving at Manchester United training on Tuesday morning

Captain Harry Maguire and his team are gearing up to play Chelsea on Thursday

Alex Telles cut a subdued figure as he arrived for United training ahead of the Chelsea match

They host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Thursday with little more than pride to play for in their remaining four games of the Premier League season. Paul Pogba, Fred, Edinson Cavani and Luke Shaw could all be absent for the match.


The Red Devils are six points behind Arsenal in fourth at present but have already played a game more than Mikel Arteta’s men.

Tottenham, four points above United in sixth, also have a game in hand on them.

Last week, it was confirmed that Ajax boss Erik ten Hag will take over as manager in the summer and lead the United rebuild.

And United legend Rio Ferdinand, speaking on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel, has urged the Dutchman to reset the culture at Old Trafford.

‘I talk about the culture all the time, and that’s number one on my list,’ Ferdinand said. ‘The culture has to be right, because you need to see, first and foremost, a work ethic.’

Raphael Varane pictured arriving at United’s Carrington training base on Tuesday morning

Scott McTominay returned to action for United in the defeat against Arsenal on Saturday

United’s defeat against Arsenal has all but erased hope of claiming a top four place

‘You need to see a culture of people not wanting to get beat. You need to see a culture of it (losing) hurting people.

‘You need to see a culture of discipline in the group, nothing getting out. Stuff that we’ve got in the papers, the manager (Sir Alex Ferguson) would pull the squad in immediately, and I don’t think this happens now.

‘Setting the culture is just an absolute gimme. It’s an absolute must. You can’t have a culture at the club, which is right now of, players aren’t in fear of bad performances,’ he said. 

‘The culture at the football club isn’t that of fear of disappointing the hierarchy, the manager, and stuff like that. 

‘It’s like: “I don’t play well, it’s not my fault, it’s his.” There’s no repercussions. At the moment, at the football club, there aren’t consequences for actions on and off the pitch.’

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