Man Utd players have been given five days off after a disappointing Champions League exit against Athletico Madrid.
After being granted time off to rest away from the club following their disappointing Champions League elimination last week, Manchester United players will not return to training until the start of the March international break.
Atletico Madrid defeated United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, giving the Spanish champions a 2-1 aggregate victory.
Ralf Rangnick’s team lacked bite and was stung in the back once more, escalating tensions between fans and players.
Marcus Rashford even lost his cool after the game and turned to face dissenting fans in the stadium parking lot.
United has recently exited the Champions League, FA Cup, and has slipped out of contention for a top-four Premier League finish.
Questions have been raised about this squad’s potential to compete for big titles, as well as the magnitude of the task ahead of whoever the new manager is.
United will not play again until April 2nd, due to their FA Cup elimination and only rescheduled Premier League matchups this weekend. For these players, who will soon join their national teams, that means a break of more than two weeks between club games.
Any self-reflection will, for the time being, be down to players as individuals. The Athletic have reported that the decision has been made to grant them time off until the international break officially begins at the start of next week – essentially a mid-season holiday to rest and recover.
Man Utd players won’t be reporting to training for the remainder of this week and it is even said that Rangnick himself is not expected to be at Carrington over the next few days either.
Those relative few who have not been called up for international duty will likely resume training after the weekend, with others who will be in action for their respective countries in friendlies or World Cup qualifiers afforded considerable time away from the club.