MANCHESTER UNITED enjoyed an extra day in the Cyprus sun as they continue their preparations for Everton.
The Red Devils followed up their embarrassing 6-3 defeat by rivals Manchester City on Thursday night with a narrow loss to Minnow Omonia.
Two goals Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial saved Erik ten Hag’s side as they secured a 3-2 Europa League win.
But instead of returning straight to Manchester, the United side stayed the night on the Mediterranean island.
Some of their players were put through their paces in training this morning, while ten of Thursday’s starting XI stayed at the hotel to recover.
Tyrell Malacia, substituted at half-time and replaced by Luke Shaw, was the only man to start training outside.
Now United are hoping the extra day of sunshine can warm them up to get back to winning ways on Sunday at Goodison Park domestically.
And Diogo Dalot has revealed United’s players can no longer hide under Ten Hag.
Last Sunday’s blow to Etihad halted the progress United appeared to have made under Ten Hag after four straight wins, including victories over Arsenal and Liverpool.
But Portugal full-back Dalot has blamed the players, not their coach, for his poor form.
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Dalot, 23, said: “It’s always difficult after a loss like that against City, but it’s time to take responsibility. At the beginning of the season we were so ups and downs but we try to be as consistent as possible.
“We have to find consistency and that comes with results and confidence. Tonight we had a positive result.
“When you play for Man United you believe in every single game. You also have to have confidence, but you have to take responsibility for playing for the biggest club in the world.”
And the defender feels the club’s rebuilding under Ten Hag is already showing, with substitutions making the difference to Omonia.
He added: “We want to build a squad – not just 11, 12, 13 players.
“We’ve had a few games – not just today, in the past – where I remember the players who came on really had a big impact and that shows we can have a long-term thing that we want to build – a very good squad and a very good team that will compete.
“That’s what this club wants. Overall, we want to fight for titles with a decent squad.”
After spending the night in Cyprus training, United returned to Manchester this afternoon ahead of their trip to Everton.
Ten Hag added: “I will give confidence to the players, I will support them when they are in worse shape.
“If they work hard, if they do their best in training, if they take responsibility on the pitch, I will support them.
“But we are also united and our ambitions are really high so you have to deliver and every player in the squad has to take on that responsibility individually and they have to do it in a team culture.
“That’s what we aim for, from the coaches to the players.”
Ten Hag revealed Raphael Varane could be fit for the game at Goodison Park after sitting out the Cyprus draw with an ankle injury.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6394643/man-utd-cyprus-training-everton/ Man Utd stars train in Cyprus after Omonia win as they spend an extra day abroad before flying to England for the Everton game