Manchester United have scrapped plans for a mid-season break in the Middle East because of the security risks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had planned to take his squad to Qatar for a warm-weather training camp on February 2 at the start of their two-week winter break.
But increased unrest in the region has seen United shelve those plans on safety grounds, with Solskajer and his players now set to travel to a base in Europe.
“We were looking at the Middle East, but that is definitely not going to happen,” said Solskjaer.
“If there’s one thing that worries me, it’s not on the football pitch – there are other things that will worry me more than football.
“I’m going to give them a few days off. I don’t know where they will all scatter around, but we will stay in Europe.
“This mid-season break will be very important for everyone and we have five or six games until then.
“We’re just going to stick at it, hang in there until then, get the performances and results we hope we’re going to get then get some vitamin D and get ready for the last three months.”
United have previously travelled to Dubai and Qatar for winter training camps, the aim being to give their players a boost for the second half of the season.
But with tensions heightened following the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in a US strike in Baghdad, United considered it too much of a security risk to travel to the region.
After United’s Premier League game at home to Wolves on February 1, Solskjaer and his players will have a two-week winter break, the first time it has been introduced in England.
Players will be free to travel anywhere but the Middle East in the first week, with United embarking on a warm-weather training camp in southern Europe the following week.
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