Man U scrap planned training camp in Middle East
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Manchester United have scrapped a planned midseason training camp in the Middle East amid high tensions in the region, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Tuesday.
"If there's one thing that worries me, it's not on the football pitch," Solskjaer said. "It's other things that worry me more.
"We were looking at the Middle East but that's definitely not going to happen."
Last week, Iran launched missile attacks on two military bases in Iraq that house US troops. The missiles were a retaliation following an American drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's powerful Quds Force.
In another incident, a Ukrainian passenger jet was shot down as it left Tehran by Iranian military, killing all 176 people aboard. Iran has said the jetliner was brought down "unintentionally" and blamed human error.
Man United, one of the world's most famous football teams, have frequent visitors to the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex in Dubai in recent years, and the squad was looking to use the upcoming and newly introduced winter break in the English Premier League schedule for another warm-weather camp.
Solskjaer indicated he would instead give his players some time off to spend alone during the break, which will follow United's home match against Wolverhampton in the league on February 1.