Manchester United’s miserable stars arrive at the Lowry hotel ahead of this evening’southward FA Loving cup tie with Middlesbrough after a turbulent week where Bricklayer Greenwood was arrested and Jesse Lingard openly defied Ralf Rangnick

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Manchester United can finally plough their attention to matters on the pitch on Friday night after a turbulent week at Old Trafford.

Striker Mason Greenwood was arrested last Lord’s day for allegations of of assault, sexual assault and making threats to kill to an eighteen-yr-old woman. He has been released on bail but United take said he volition non train or play for them until further detect.

On Thursday, midfielder Jesse Lingard openly defied acting manager Ralf Rangnick after he said the 29-yr-old had asked to exist left out the squad for the FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.

Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Paul Pogba led the way as Manchester United arrived at the Lowry hotel on Friday to prepare for the FA Loving cup clash against Middlesbrough

The match is an opportunity for Ralf Rangnick to return to focusing on matters on the pitch after a turbulent week at Former Trafford

Rangnick said Lingard asked for a couple days off to ‘clear his mind’. The England international had been pushing for a January motility abroad from Quondam Trafford only a transfer never occurred on deadline twenty-four hours.

Lingard then took to Twitter to reject Rangnick’southward claims, saying: ‘The club advised me to accept time off due to personal reasons! But my headspace is clear and I’ll always be professional when called upon and give 100 per centum.’

And the United squad appeared to cut a frosty mood as they arrived at the Lowry on Friday afternoon to gear up for their cup tie against Title side Middlesbrough, managed past Chris Wilder.

Paul Pogba was pictured arriving in the squad and the France international could make his long awaited return to first-squad action after injuring his thigh on international duty last November.

Pogba, like Lingard, is out of contract in the summer and previewing Friday’s lucifer Rangnick drew comparisons between the ii situations.

‘His (Lingard’s) situation is similar to Paul Pogba’s,’ said Rangnick. ‘Information technology’south in his own interests to perform on the highest possible level in order to get as many clubs interested in him in the summer.’

Middle-backs Raphael Varane (left) and Harry Maguire were also with the United squad

Jesse Lingard this calendar week openly defied Rangnick subsequently the boss said he asked for time off

Lingard took to Twitter to discredit his manager’s remarks nigh his FA Cup absence

Cristiano Ronaldo was also seen with the team and the Portuguese star will be looking to show he is back to full fettle after a minor thigh issue. Ronaldo was furious to have been substituted by Rangnick in the 3-1 win over Brentford in January, with the United acting boss looking to keep him fresh.

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Rangnick needs United to now do their talking on the pitch. Afterwards Friday’s cup tie, they then take 5 winnable Premier League games against Burnley, Southampton, Brighton, Leeds and Watford.

A winning run could banish, at to the lowest degree for the time being, United’s woes every bit they await to cement a top four place and a spot in next flavour’due south Champions League.

Only for now, attention is on the FA Cup – a contest they are among the favourites to win.

Manchester United’s miserable stars make it at the Lowry hotel ahead of Middlesbrough FA Cup tie