Manchester United players have been sighted at the second day of the Cheltenham Festival, as they look to banish memories of Monday's FA Cup defeat to Arsenal and rebuild team spirit ahead of the push for Champions League qualification.
England internationals Phil Jones, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young were all in attendance as was Jonny Evans, who is currently serving a six match suspension for spitting at Newcastle's Papiss Cisse in last Wednesday's 1-0 victory at St. James' Park.
United were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the cup competition after a 2-1 home defeat to Arsenal. Ex-United striker Danny Welbeck scored the decisive goal, eight months after being told he was surplus to requirements at Old Trafford by manager Louis van Gaal.
Daley Blind and Rafael were also in attendance at the team social, which has been a regular feature at United over the last few seasons.
Carrick seem to be visibly frustrated with his luck as Windsor Park claimed the opening race of the day, the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle. Don Poli then put in a powerful performance to take the RSA Chase; win number five of the Festival already for trainer Willie Mullins.
Barton also made the trip
Aux Petits Soins took the well-contested Coral Cup under Sam-Twiston Davies for Paul Nicholls.
Also pictured at the meeting were QPR teammates Joey Barton and Charlie Austin.
Barton took to Twitter, uploading a photo with the caption 'Great day at #CheltenhamFestival with the boys. Thanks @paddypower for the hospitality'.
Austin has been in fine form for the Hoops this season, with reports suggesting he has already signed a pre-contract agreement with David Moyes' Real Sociedad side.
Though Austin has denied any agreement being in place. Liverpool have also been long time admirers of the ex-Swindon hotshot, with Tottenham also monitoring the situation.
Its clear to see Cheltenham remains a firm favourite with Premier League players, who are certainly entitled to some downtime ahead of a final push for the last two months of the season.
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