Manchester United trained in the sunshine of Dubai one final time on Thursday before heading home for a defining phase of their season.
And it was a case of the morning after the night before for youngster Angel Gomes following his initiation ceremony.
The 18-year-old performed a rendition of We Are Young by Fun in front of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team-mates as they squad visited the swanky PLAY Restaurant and Bar on Wednesday night.
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Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes (right) in action with Jesse Lingard and Victor Lindelof as the team trained in Dubai for the final time on Thursday before returning home
Gomes, 18, performed We Are Young by Fun in Dubai nightspot PLAY as a first team initiation
Gomes sinks to his knees as he finishes his performance as his team-mates clap and cheer
Gomes put everything into his performance as his colleagues clapped and cheered, even dropping to his knees as he delivered the final line, as caught on camera by another reveller.
Solskjaer had allowed his players to let their hair down but his coaching staff put them through their paces at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex as their week-long warm weather training camp drew to a close.
United will fly back to Manchester ahead of Sunday’s crunch Premier League fixture at Tottenham Hotspur as they aim to maintain their 100 per cent winning record under interim manager Solskjaer.
The training camp appears to have further galvanised the restored team spirit at United, with the players laughing and smiling as they trained.
They visited the PLAY restaurant and lounge, located on the 36th floor of The H Hotel in the heart of Dubai, on Wednesday night.
Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard train on Thursday in the sunshine of Dubai
Luke Shaw is in the thick of the action as United’s week-long warm weather camp ends
United’s interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeps a close eye on training in Dubai
MAN UNITED FIXTURES
January 13 – Tottenham (A)
January 19 – Brighton (H)
January 26/27 – Arsenal (A) FA Cup fourth round
January 29 – Burnley (H)
February 3 – Leicester (A)
February 9 – Fulham (A)
*All games are Premier League unless stated
The exclusive nightspot prides itself on its Japanese and Mediterranean cuisine with sushi and Wagyu steak among the options on the menu.
Solskjaer and his players posed for selfies with other guests at PLAY as they were naturally the centre of attention.
Gomes is one of a number of academy graduates Solskjaer has been looking at to bolster his first-team squad ahead of a challenging run of fixtures that sees United face Spurs in the Premier League, Arsenal in the FA Cup and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Indeed, the Norwegian blocked plans to loan Gomes out this January and brought him on at Old Trafford during the Boxing Day Premier League match with Huddersfield Town.
That was the third time Gomes has featured in the United first team, having made his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace during the 2016-17 campaign.
His other appearance came as a late substitute in United’s 4-0 FA Cup win at Yeovil Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup last season.
Solskjaer watches Marcus Rashford during training at the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex
Eric Bailly and Romelu Lukaku in good spirits as United were put through their paces in Dubai
Paul Pogba (left) rolled his shorts right up as United trained in the sunny weather of the UAE
Alexis Sanchez also showed off his thighs as he juggled the ball in Thursday’s training session
Gomes has represented England at every level from Under 16 to U19 and was part of the squad that won the FIFA U17 World Cup in India in 2017.
He is likely to be included in further United squads this season as his stock at Old Trafford continues to rise.
United have won five matches from five under Solskjaer’s charge since he replaced the sacked Jose Mourinho last month.
They have defeated Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth and Newcastle United in the Premier League, as well as Reading in the third round of the FA Cup.
Left-back Luke Shaw smiles as he trots out to train ahead of Sunday’s visit to Tottenham
Jesse Lingard poses with coach Emiliano Alvarez ahead of Thursday’s training session
Striker Marcus Rashford will be hoping to continue his recent fine form in the coming weeks
Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard (left) take on Diogo Dalot and Ander Herrera in a relay
Jesse Lingard, Diogo Dalot and Victor Lindelof take part in a sprint drill on Thursday
Midfielder Scott McTominay smiles as he is put through his paces in Dubai on Thursday
But far tougher challenges await, with United travelling to Wembley to face Spurs this Sunday plus a FA Cup tie at Arsenal and a blockbuster Champions League tie with Paris Saint-Germain on the horizon.
Reflecting on the week in Dubai, Solskjaer said: ‘It’s been great. You know it’s a long, hard season and we’ll have ups and downs together.
‘You’ve got to deal with the wins, defeats, setbacks and players not playing but, when you work together, they all want to play and they all want the best for their team-mates and everyone understands this is a team game.’
Solskjaer will hold a press conference at 8.45pm UK time following the team’s return to British soil.