Manchester United weigh up Marbella for training camp after ditching Doha plans over security fears amid rising tensions between Iran and the West following missile strikes and violent protests after assassination of Qasem Soleimani
- Manchester United were due in Qatar in February for a warm weather camp
- However, security concerns due to rising Middle East tensions scuppered plans
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men could now head to Marbella in Spain instead
- Tensions are high in the Middle East following assassination of Qasem Soleimani
Manchester United are exploring the possibility of holding a warm weather training camp in Marbella after cancelling plans to train in Qatar.
The club scrapped a scheduled February trip to Doha due to security concerns and escalating unrest in the Middle East.
Anti-Western protests have been mounting in Iran following the assassination of Qasem Soleimani by the US, with an effigy of arrested UK ambassador Rob Macaire being burned in the streets.
Manchester United could be heading out to Marbella for a warm weather training camp
United have axed a trip to Qatar due to rising tension following the death of Wasem Soleimani
The tension has seen Ajax’s American defender Sergino Dest leave his side’s warm-weather camp in Qatar last week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans to give his players a week off during the winter break from February 2 but wants to bring them back together for intensive training prior to their season resuming at Chelsea on February 17.
Ajax’s American defender Sergino Dest left his side’s training camp last week over fears
Marbella, in Spain has been discussed as an alternative destination for a training camp though there are no guarantees it will have warm weather at that time of year.
Liverpool used Marbella Football Centre last May during their preparation for the Champions League Final.
Solskjaer hopes to have Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes in his squad by then while Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba are also hoping to be back from injury and the camp would give everyone extra bonding time.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was due to take his side to Qatar, but the trip has been cancelled
Pogba was back at Carrington this week wearing a protective boot following further surgery on his ankle in Amsterdam.
After the game with Chelsea, United face Brugge in the Europa League before taking on Watford at Old Trafford.
‘I don’t think we will see Scott or Paul before the winter break,’ Solskjaer said. ‘Or I know that we won’t see them before the winter break.’