PICTURE: Mata, Van Persie and the rest of United’s squad meet Maradona

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United’s players are normally the ones handing out autographs and posing for photos when Diego Maradona paid a visit to their training camp in Dubai today, the players became the giddy fans.

Maradona got up close and personal with Van Persie in what looked more like a romantic embrace than a casual photo while the likes of Mata, De Gea, Hernandez, Ferdinand and Buttner all got pictures taken with him as well.

Manchester United will fly back to England tomorrow ahead of the Crystal Palace game on Saturday and hopefully this trip has revitalised the squad.

Our defensive performance against Arsenal was one of the best we have had in recent weeks but our attack still lacked penetration. Now that Mata has had time to bond with the squad and Van Persie and Rooney have had more time to recuperate, they should start firing on all cylinders.

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