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Manchester United players were not happy with the preparations .

Manchester United will fine players who took part in protest after Juventus game

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Barely a day goes by this season without reports emerging of unrest within the Manchester United camp.

The Red Devils have won just one of their last seven games in all competitions, an unhappy situation exacerbated by Tuesday night's 1-0 home defeat to Juventus.

Not only were they uninspiring on the pitch, but those walking to Old Trafford down the road from the Lancashire cricket ground will also have noticed the evening got off to a bizarre start.

Jose Mourinho made his way to the stadium on foot, having got off the coach following further traffic delays.

The club were fined for turning up late to the Valencia game and found themselves in the same difficulty once again before facing the Bianconeri.

The Daily Mail claim that Mourinho had in fact asked if all the players could walk with him, but the idea was shut down because of security concerns.

In the end, the squad turned up later than the manager. And, unsurprisingly, they weren't happy about having to rush around to get ready for kick-off.

To make their point, a number of players decided to hold a 'protest' on Friday, when they were due to attend a sponsorship event at the academy building at Carrington.

United bosses are furious 

According to the Mail, they failed to show up, costing the sponsors thousands of pounds and infuriating United's hierarchy in the process.

The players in question are set to receive fines to ensure they don't attempt any similar stunts in the future.

Juventus left Old Trafford with a comfortable 1-0 win

While United declined to officially comment, a source told the newspaper:

"These sponsors pay a lot of money and this is an event which is taken seriously.

"United have a fantastic relationship with their commercial partners and this did not go down well at all."

More chaos before a Champions League match 

The club did try their best to alleviate the travel chaos by moving the first team's pre-match meeting point to a hotel just half a mile from the ground.

Mourinho walked to the stadium after growing exasperated

It has even been suggested that they undertake their preparations at the stadium to avoid the rush-hour traffic altogether.

Many of the commercial partners had flown in especially on the assumption that the players would be there.

Ultimately, it was a not good look for anyone at United and it's unsurprising that they have taken action. 

Do you think the players were in the wrong? Have your say in the comments. 

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UEFA Champions League
Football
Jose Mourinho
Juventus
Manchester United

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