Five things spotted in Manchester United training as Atletico Madrid preparations continue

United’s players had one final training session at Carrington before flying to Madrid on Tuesday.

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Manchester United has arrived in Spain in preparation for their Champions League match against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

United will be looking to claim an advantage in the first-leg of their last-16 tie against the La Liga champions as they aim for a quarter-final spot.

Before jumping on the plane there was still time for United’s players to be put through their paces in training at Carrington, with pictures showing the squad making their final preparations before heading to the Spanish capital.

Five things spotted in Manchester United training as Atletico Madrid preparations continue

Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast, Eric Bailly has not played for Manchester United.

The defender had been expected to play against Leeds, but he was once again left out at Elland Road.

But, having been pictured in training ahead of Wednesday’s clash in Madrid, the 27-year-old has been confirmed in the travelling squad and could be set for his first United appearance since December.

Ronaldo is beaming.

Yet more rumours have been circulating about a split in the United dressing room, with recent reports claiming Harry Maguire isn’t seeing eye to eye with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Plenty of players have come out to deny the claims over the past few days and having been pictured laughing and smiling during training, it seems Ronaldo isn’t letting the latest rumours get to him.

Varane is prepared to return.

Raphael Varane could be in line to return to the starting line-up in Madrid on Wednesday, having been named on the bench at Leeds.

With a stomach bug, the France international missed the win over Brighton and only made a cameo appearance at Elland Road on Sunday.

On Tuesday, he showed no signs of injury in training, indicating that he could be ready to play against Atletico.

Fred raring to start

Having made a crucial impact from the bench on Sunday, Fred will be itching to be back in the starting XI on Wednesday.

The midfielder was pictured getting ready in anticipation as he eyes up a return to the line-up in Spain, and he certainly didn’t do his hopes any harm with his goal at the weekend.

Rashford with a point to prove

With Jesse Lingard handed a surprise start against Leeds on Sunday, Marcus Rashford faces a fight to win back his place in the side.

The England international’s form has been disappointing this season and he has faced calls to be dropped by Rangnick.

He was pictured alongside his captain as he tries to earn his place back in the side in the Champions League this week, and he’ll be hoping to prove his doubters wrong.

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