"The facilities and training have been great. This trip has given us an excellent opportunity to prepare the team for the next game."

- Rene Meulensteen, first-team coach

24/01/2013 11:47, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Reds feeling refreshed

The United players and coaches have told how much they have enjoyed this week's training camp in Qatar and feel it has provided excellent preparation for the upcoming challenges at home and abroad.

The Reds flew out to the Middle East on Sunday night after the 1-1 draw with Spurs and have trained at the renowned Aspire Academy in Qatar for the last few days.

Nemanja Vidic and Ryan Giggs says the players have thoroughly enjoyed their break in the sun and have praised the facilities on offer at Aspire.

"It’s been excellent since we’ve been here," said Vidic. "The weather has been nice and the facilities have also been fantastic.

"Working in the sun has been a nice change, especially with the weather in Manchester at this time of year. We were here three years ago and on both occasions we have had great trips."

Giggs echoed those sentiments. "It’s been really enjoyable - the weather has been good, the facilities are excellent and it's been good to be in the sun!

"We hope it will benefit us over the season as the training has been great and the lads have had some down-time relaxing on the beach and watching the golf at the Qatar Masters which was enjoyable."

Assistant manager Mike Phelan and first team coach Rene Meulensteen could not speak highly enough of the facilties at Aspire and the way the squad have been looked after.

"We are proud to have been here and very privileged to have worked with Aspire again. The staff have been excellent and the facilities are first class," added Phelan.

"The players have all enjoyed themselves - the weather helps and always puts a smile on faces! Our preparation for the back end of the season has been very good out here."

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