MANCHESTER UNITED players arrived for training for the first time in over two months following their negative coronavirus tests.
Red Devils stars last worked out at their Carrington complex on March 13 but are now back to business following a vote from Premier League clubs to approve a formal return to the training ground.
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The agreement to move to “Stage One” of the training protocols will see all 20 top-flight squads beginning basic work from today.
United captain Harry Maguire was among the first arrivals to Carrington on Wednesday morning alongside Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic.
Academy prospects Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong were also pictured after the club ordered the players to arrive at staggered times throughout the day to undergo sessions in small groups.
It comes after David De Gea was snapped earlier this morning showing off his new lockdown look as he pulled into training with a long beard.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had recently teamed up for a group session at a field in Cheshire, with Paul Pogba involved.
Last night it was revealed only six positive cases had emerged from 19 clubs, with Norwich’s results still to come, in a huge boost to Project Restart.
It’s a massive step forward to get on the same training pitch as each other. We’re all really excited to be getting back to some normality
Under new guidelines for Prem clubs, contact between players is not yet allowed, but sessions for small groups will get underway under social distancing rules.
Marcus Rashford and co will also have to arrive in their training kit and shower at home rather than in Carrington’s shared changing rooms.
And while Luke Shaw admitted the rules on returning to training are strict, the left-back shared his excitement at ‘getting back to some normality’.
He said: “We’ve known for around a week that it was a possibility, but United have had to make it the safest possible environment for all the players and the staff.
“We’ll still social distance throughout, we’ll arrive in our training gear and shower when we get home. The rules have to be really strict, but we’re obviously all going to stick to them just to make sure things run as smoothly and safely as possible.
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“I think we’re all determined to do things properly because we’re all looking forward to getting back on a proper pitch! Running down at the park is okay, but obviously it isn’t ideal.
“We have to do our work, keep fit and it’ll be nice to be around different people and see the boys again for a bit longer. It’s a massive step forward to get on the same training pitch as each other.
“We’re all really excited to be getting back to some normality and we’re all going to do everything we possibly can to make sure our training is as safe as it can be.”