Manchester United players went to a spa day after 2-0 defeat to Burnley

  • Kat Lucas

Manchester United were in total disgrace as they left the pitch against Burnley.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were booed off at the end of a 2-0 defeat, their third loss in four league games.

Miraculously, they still sit fifth in the table and with a chance of making the top four, aided mainly by Chelsea’s own persistent ineptitude.

That should not downplay the crisis that is developing at Old Trafford amid reports of dressing room unrest and with United now 33 points behind Liverpool.

Most of the fans’ ire on Wednesday night was actually directed at the board, with the Glazers and Ed Woodward both the targets of furious chants. Many fans left well before the final whistle.

However, the players themselves have to shoulder some of the blame and should be putting in the hard graft on the training ground before the FA Cup returns this weekend.

United will visit Tranmere – and will be playing on an absolutely horrendous pitch – so they cannot afford to risk a humiliating upset against a side who have just shown they can beat Premier League opposition. 

Yet instead of poring over what went wrong against Burnley, the Daily Mail show their squad indulging in a spa day at a luxury resort. 

The day was initially planned well before the defeat and the club decided not to change their plans despite the backlash against their abject performance. 

Those who didn’t play on Wednesday faced Liverpool’s u21s in a friendly at Carrington. 

Granted, those who did feature against the Clarets will have needed a recovery day and couldn’t necessarily have completed full training, but they might have been expected to undertake tactical analysis at the very least. 

Per the same report, there are growing tensions between the board and the players, with the squad feeling let down by the failure to replace Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez and the decision to pull out of the Erling Haaland deal. Bruno Fernandes’ arrival looks unlikely now too. 

One senior member of the board allegedly went to the dressing room after the Burnley game and said it was the worst United performance he had ever seen. 

Everything about United seems a shambles right now.


Going to a spa after losing a game is hardly a criminal offence, but it’s likely to leave the club’s PR team with heads in their hands. On that note, United might want to reevaluate their imminent warm-weather camp in Marbella too. 

They also picked the same location for their retreat as Manchester City’s players for their recent (well-publicised) party with Instagram models. The fact that received so much negative attention should have been a warning.

It’s not really a great look, though a mitigating factor is that United have played 18 games in the last 60 days. The players look visibly exhausted, both physically and mentally. 

The board’s mistakes from the summer are still hurting United but given their current situation, they could have spent Thursday morning looking over the disaster of the night before and doing their utmost to ensure it doesn’t happen again. 

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