Man Utd squad granted time off before international break with 17 days to reflect on nightmare Champions League KO

Man Utd squad granted time off before international break with 17 days to reflect on nightmare Champions League KO

March 17, 2022

MANCHESTER UNITED's squad have been granted time off before the international break after being knocked out of the Champions League.

The Red Devils' hopes of landing a trophy this term came crashing down on Tuesday night when they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16.

They're also currently trailing Arsenal in the race to finish fourth in the Premier League.

And according to The Athletic, the United squad have been given time off before the March international break.

Some players have headed for sunny Dubai, the footballers' retreat of choice in the Middle East.

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick is also not expected at the club's Carrington training ground.

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United have no game scheduled for this weekend due to a fixture change, with planned opponents Liverpool due to compete in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Over two weeks will pass before United are back in action against Leicester City.

Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho will have plenty of time to recuperate and refocus after being left out of England's squad for their friendlies with Switzerland and the Ivory Coast.

Behind the scenes, football director John Murtough will be working hard on deciding who will be Rangnick's successor.

Rangnick is due to take up an advisory role in the summer.

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Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, whose side also exited the Champions League in the Round of 16, is one of the favourites to land the job.

The Dutchman has reportedly been asking players about the squad through third parties.

Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is also an option, with United set to act on their long-time admiration of the Argentine should he get sacked.

Pochettino's job is under threat after he watched PSG collapse in the second leg of their clash with Real Madrid.

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