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Manchester United players train in car park ahead of Northampton game

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Earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a week, Manchester United players are probably used to the finer things in life. Not only can they afford to buy the biggest houses and the fastest cars but their every need is catered for in their professional lives too.

The world-class training complex in Carrington is renowned for its lush training pitches and state-of-the-art facilities. We imagine the food is pretty good too. 

So it must have been quite a shock for the megastars of Old Trafford to be told that Wednesday's warmup session was to be held in none other than a car park.

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Jose Mourinho and his band of merry men are in Northampton ahead of their third round League Cup match and spent the night at the four-star Daventry Court hotel, close to Sixfields Stadium.

But instead of going to the security of the ground to do some standard drills, Mourinho told his team to report to the tarmac outside the hotel.

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Don't believe us? Well, luckily some wise guy with a smartphone took some photographic evidence that we can now share with you.

Take a look at the images below, via the Daily Mail:

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Still don't believe us?

We understand.

The picture just shows a few faceless people in tracksuits touching their toes. Luckily, there is some rather irrefutable evidence as well.

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At least one devoted fan thinks Mourinho may have lost his marbles:

A must-win game?

For any big team, a win or a loss in the EFL Cup is unlikely to make a huge impact on their season. Indeed, most teams pushing for the top four – and particularly those in the Europa League – seem to see it as more of a hindrance than anything.

But after three defeats on the bounce, Mourinho will take any win he can get. Although he is set to rest Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and David de Gea for the occasion, other big names are likely to start.

Mourinho will, however, have an eye on the weekend's Premier League clash against Leicester City. They already trail Manchester City by six points and another defeat could effectively end their title challenge before it even begun.

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