EXCLUSIVE IMAGE: Cristiano Ronaldo leads Manchester United stars at a pre-derby team bonding lunch at a posh Italian restaurant after training … but his Range Rover ends up with a parking ticket!
- The Manchester United players dined at an Italian restaurant on Thursday for a team bonding luncheon.
- The Red Devils team made their way to Cibo in Hale, Altrincham, before their crucial clash against Manchester City.
- Cristiano Ronaldo guided the players on their way out, but the star forward received a parking ticket
- United have come under fire this season after some lousy results with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer under pressure.
Manchester United players headed to a team bonding lunch at an Italian restaurant on Thursday with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eager to lift his team ahead of Saturday’s crucial derby against rivals Man City.
The Red Devils have endured an upside-down season under their Norwegian boss despite adding a handful of high-profile signings, including Cristiano Ronaldo, and were criticized after their 5-0 beating at home to Liverpool last month, leaving Solskjaer’s work hanging by a thread.
United bounced back with a 3-0 win at Tottenham to ease the pressure on their boss, but still looked vulnerable in the Champions League midweek when a Ronaldo double got them out of jail against Atalanta to salvage a 2 draw -2 in the last minutes. of the game.
The Manchester United stars, led by Cristiano Ronaldo (L) and Raphael Varane (R), headed to a bonding lunch with the team on Thursday afternoon before a crucial clash against Manchester City.
Veteran midfielder Juan Mata enters the restaurant, closely followed by goalkeeper David de Gea.
More United stars arrive for lunch, as Jesse Lingard (left) wears a tracksuit and is joined by Donny van de Beek.
The United team ate at the luxurious Cibo Italian restaurant in Hale, Altrincham, where prices range from £ 10 to £ 14 for a main course.
With Solskjaer now facing a vital clash against City on Saturday afternoon that could define his reign as boss, he has taken the team out for lunch at the Cibo restaurant, in Hale, Altrincham, after leading practice in a bid to improve the moral after having already completed a corner of a difficult week.
Players will have a choice of starters, which cost between £ 6 and £ 10, including squid and truffle arancini.
Main courses offer a Branzino meat and fish section or 5 oz beef fillet, as well as a choice of pasta and pizza, and range from £ 10 to £ 14.
Forward Edinson Cavani (left) appears on the phone outside the restaurant, as does midfielder Scott McTominay (right)
A TYPICAL LUNCH AT CIBO ITALIAN RESTAURANT
Cibo offers “simple Italian classics” and promises to offer diners “an ever-evolving menu, using the best produce, at its peak of the season.”
A typical lunch in Cibo includes:
Calamari Fritti with Saffron Aioli – £ 8
Truffle Arancini with Wild Mushrooms – £ 7
King Prawns in Garlic Butter – £ 10
From the countryside and the sea
Branzino with wilted spinach and tomato sauce – £ 10
5 oz beef fillet with pepper sauce – £ 14
Spaghetti Bolognese – £ 8
Prawn & Scallop Ravioli – £ 12
Margharita – £ 7
Chicken Pizza – £ 9
It was an attempt to lift spirits in the locker room, but things didn’t start off in the best way, as Manchester United star Ronaldo was fined after parking his Range Rover outside the restaurant.
Solskjaer has been looking for his players to step up after their beating by Liverpool and captain Harry Maguire set out to be questioned by reporters ahead of his game against Spurs.
The England star received criticism after speaking to the press after the big loss at Old Trafford and saying: ‘I’m only here because I have to be’. The comments seemed to suggest that he did not want to conduct the interview. But it is understood that Maguire was trying to convey that it was his duty to address the fans.
He said the players had been to blame for United’s recent poor performances, and said the team had “disappointed the manager and the fans.”
‘When you look back at the result and the performance it was embarrassing. Not even good enough for this club. It has been a tough week. I will not say that we have moved easily.
Left-back Alex Telles and Brazilian midfielder Fred are pictured in baseball caps as they arrive for lunch.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s relaxing afternoon at lunch didn’t get off to the best start, as he received a parking ticket after leaving his Range Rover to attend lunch.
Harry Maguire has led the Manchester United players’ response after their sad loss to Liverpool
“It is one of the lowest, I am sure that all the players have felt in their career. You go home and don’t sleep much, you have thoughts running through your head. ‘If only I did this or this.’ If I’m honest, I went home and looked at myself and what I can do better and take full responsibility on my shoulders.
“ I hope all the players in the locker room look at themselves, take full responsibility on their shoulders and don’t point fingers or blame anyone else. You look at yourself first and foremost when you have a result like this and a period like this.
“ We disappointed the manager against Liverpool. We disappointed the fans, the club, us as players. So we have to take a great responsibility for that. Do we owe (Solskjaer) a performance? Of course we do. ‘