What Manchester United players will be doing on Christmas Day

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All Premier League fans just love the Christmas period, don’t they?

While other European leagues - rather sensibly - take a couple of weeks break during the festive period, the FA decide to pile up the fixtures.

A full set of matches are traditionally played on Boxing Day before all teams do battle once again a few days later.

Footballers get paid more than enough for us to feel sorry for them but the fact is, they aren’t able to enjoy Christmas with their families during their playing career.

And, with a month-and-a-half remaining until Christmas Day, some managers are already making their preparations.

That includes Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho who has decided what his players will be doing on December 25.

United host relegation strugglers Sunderland at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, before playing Middlesbrough at home on New Year's Eve and West Ham away on January 2.

But don't be fooled into thinking Portuguese boss will give his stars the day off. Instead, according to The Sun, he has demanded that they all come in for extra training on Christmas Day morning.

Then, he will return to the luxury 5-star Lowry hotel - which he is currently living - to have a Christmas dinner with his wife Matilde Faria and his two daughters. Joining him for his dinner will be his backroom staff and their families as they will no doubt discuss their upcoming match against David Moyes’ side.

After the meal, the players will then arrive at the hotel to meet Mourinho and the staff to prepare for the match.

A United source told The Sun: “All the lads and staff at Carrington expect to be in on Christmas morning.

“We’ll probably say a few prayers with the club chaplain and then train before shooting off home.

“The gaffer is a big family man and the word is he and the rest of the coaches will all be getting together at the hotel.”

By Christmas, Mourinho will be hoping his side are nearer the top of the table than they currently are. The Red Devils sit eight points adrift of Liverpool, having already lost to Manchester City, Watford and Chelsea.

But it’s not just domestically that United need to improve. They sit third in their Europa League group  with just two matches remaining and will be hoping that, come Christmas, will be eyeing up their last-32 opponents rather than the prospect of no European football in the new year.

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