Manchester United players have been rewarded for their efforts against Chelsea on Sunday with an extra day off by their manager.
Jose Mourinho’s men battled indefatigably for 94 minutes against the champions, recovering from Willian’s 32nd minute strike to claim an important 2-1 win to keep them in second place.
The 55-year-old has implemented a fixed day off policy which rules that players cannot be called to Carrington for a training session at the last minute on particular days – a right held by Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal – which has helped endear players to their manager.
And according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, Man United were scheduled to return to Carrington on Tuesday but Mourinho has decided to give them a day extra to enjoy themselves.
Romeu Lukaku, who deservedly claimed the ‘Man of the Match’ award on Sunday, has taken full advantage of the break by jetting off to New York to watch some NBA.
Victor Lindelof has travelled to Paris with his partner to celebrate perhaps his best performance in a United shirt so far.
And Jesse Lingard, the match-winner, has gone to Milan – a popular destination of his – for some relaxation.
Mourinho made a point of how crucial the work rate of his team was to overcoming Antonio Conte’s side, gesturing towards the players as he went down the tunnel, and his decision to give them an extra day off in response sends a message in itself.
The Portuguese, with the season approaching its crescendo, will no doubt expect nothing less than that level of dedication all over the pitch for the rest of the campaign.