Man Utd change pre-match plans and stay at Hilton due to roadworks… but hotel spell Solskjaer's name wrong on room key

Man Utd change pre-match plans and stay at Hilton due to roadworks… but hotel spell Solskjaer's name wrong on room key

April 24, 2019

MANCHESTER UNITED were forced to change their traditional pre-match plans and stay at the Hilton due to roadworks – but the hotel managed to spell the boss' name wrong.

The Red Devils usually stay at the Lowry Hotel before big home games – and they don't get much bigger than their derby against Manchester City.

But their plans were scuppered thanks to roadworks in the city centre, meaning the whole squad were forced to switch their reservation to a local Hilton.

The new hotel, in the city centre's Deansgate area, is just a one-mile drive away from the Lowry – where Jose Mourinho spent the better part of £1million while United boss.

The United squad could have spent the afternoon just 0.4 miles away from the stadium at the Old Trafford Hilton at Lancashire County Cricket Club – where the Red Devils has previously spent some pre-match afternoons.

Had they chosen that hotel, the club will be able to fulfil an old dream of the Special One by walking to the stadium.

Mourinho once insisted he would skip the bus journey and walk to Old Trafford to avoid the traffic.


United landed themselves in hot water on more than one occasion for arriving late to Champions League games due to heavy Manchester traffic.

Back to the present day, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – feeling the pressure after six losses in the last eight games – led the team off the bus and into the four-star Hilton hotel.

However, on arrival the Norwegian found out they'd spelled his name "Ola Gunnar" on his key card.

That will be the least of Solskjaer's worries though as he prepares his side for their almighty derby game – with everything at stake.

Not only are Man City aiming to get their noses in front of Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title, but United are looking to secure a top four spot.

Solskjaer's men go into the game on the back of an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at Everton – with the boss apologising to fans for the Goodison Park horror show.

Prior to that, United slipped to a 3-0 battering at the hands of Barcelona.

Now bookies rate the Red Devils as rank outsiders, with United as long as 13/2 at some places – their biggest price ever at home against their Manchester rivals.

United host City in the Manchester derby, which kicks offs 8pm on Wednesday.

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