Manchester United youngsters like Luke Shaw and Adnan Januzaj are so clueless that the Old Trafford club have hired a chef to teach them how to cook properly and have inspected the contents of their fridges.
According to The Sun, the Old Trafford club take great concern over their younger stars, Shaw and Januazaj are both only 19, and expect them to have the kind of nutritional knowledge expected in a Premier League player.
“Some of our players - including first team regulars like Luke Shaw and Adnan Januzaj - are in their teens and some haven't learned how to cook,” a source told the paper.
“So we send a chef to give their fridges the once-over. The chef explains what needs throwing out, what's healthy and what's not. Then they re-stock the fridge and work on some healthy recipes.
“Most have £30,000 designer kitchens which wouldn't be out of place in Michelin-starred restaurants but some can barely use a microwave let alone an oven.”
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While there is legitimate criticism of a 19-year-old not knowing how to cook – most people that age have usually gained some level of self-sufficiency – the kind of in-depth nutritional awareness needed in this situation is not quite as standard.
Any Premier League player with aspirations of becoming a leading star in the English game has to live almost like a monk, so Christmas time will be especially difficult to keep within the guidelines.
While their families are eating tonnes of chocolate and drinking alcohol from about 11am, the players can only look on with envy. They will probably not get Christmas Day off anyway, owing to the full set of Boxing Day Premier League fixtures.
Shaw only joined Manchester United this summer, signing from Southampton in a deal worth £27million.