Manchester United trained at their Carrington base yesterday, after Louis van Gaal was given special dispensation by UEFA to keep to the club’s regular pre-match ritual ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash with Liverpool.
Van Gaal was able to prepare his players for the huge game as if it were a usual domestic fixture, rather than abide by the European body’s strict regulations.
And it made for a relaxed atmosphere at the training ground, with the players looking in good spirits ahead of the first European showdown between England’s biggest clubs.
United were granted permission to remain in Manchester rather than staying over in Liverpool the night before the game.
Had this been a game on the continent, United would have had to be in the country 24 hours before the match, as UEFA rules require a team to be within 27 miles of the stadium.
However, United will not be travelling to Merseyside until Thursday afternoon, when they will conclude their preparations in a hotel in Liverpool.
It means that several of those players who will not be available on Thursday, including Adnan Januzaj (cup-tied) and Jesse Lingard (suspended) could still train with the first team on Wednesday.
The move is in keeping with Van Gaal’s desire to play down the nature of the game, refusing to brand Liverpool as an ‘enemy’ and claiming losing the fixture would mean no more to him than Sunday’s defeat to West Brom.

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