Man United players cancel their Christmas party - reports
United players decide to scrap festive night out after poor form as Franz Beckenbauer tips Guardiola to take over
Manchester United players have cancelled their Christmas party after their poor run of results, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim that United's squad decided to scrap a night out planned in Manchester this Sunday after they crashed out of the Champions League with a 3-2 defeat at Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
The report suggests the decision was made solely by the players, with no input from manager Louis van Gaal, as they felt uncomfortable at celebrating while their form is so poor.
United have failed to win any of their last four games in all competitions and face a potentially difficult trip to Bournemouth on Saturday without a host of key players.
Guillermo Valerma and Cameron Borthwick-Johnson, who both featured in Tuesdays defeat at Wolfsburg but who have a combined total of less than one hour of Premier League experience between them, could well figure at Dean Court.
Paddy McNair, with only 14 league starts to his name, also looks certain to be in the line-up while Daley Blind, at 25, could be the only senior figure in Van Gaal’s back four.
Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian recently joined United’s lengthy injury list, with groin and hamstring problems respectively, while Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are also injured, and Bastian Schweinsteiger suspended.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has tipped Pep Guardiola to take over at United when he leaves the Bundesliga champions.
Guardiola has been heavily linked with the Old Trafford post, and while the club themselves are understood to have coolled on the prospect.
Manchester City are now the favourites to lure Guardiola to the Premier League when his contract expires at the end of the season, but Beckenbauer says a move to United might be more appealing.
"Pep is interesting for every top club in the world," he said. "That's just normal. He can pick his club and in terms of popularity Manchester United might be the number one worldwide."
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