Manchester United put through their paces at Qatar training camp… but what are Van Persie and co doing wearing a tea-towel kit
12:51 GMT, 22 January 2013
13:45 GMT, 22 January 2013
It's difficult to argue Manchester United have done badly by swapping Britain's freezing conditions for the warmth and sun of Doha, Qatar.
What's more questionable, however, is their choice of attire.
Robin van Persie and company have already been pictured wearing Bugs Bunny pyjamas, and today that controversial taste appears to have extended to their training kit.
Checkmate: United cannot be accused of not doing things as a team
Comfortable: Nor do they look unhappy with their choices – Danny Welbeck (centre) is particularly convincing
Now it shouldn't be overlooked that in Sir Alex Ferguson's time there have been some bad clothing choices – one grey away kit was ditched after a 6-3 defeat at Southampton in 1996 – but there's a chance that these are the worst yet.
United's next fixture is in the fourth round of the FA Cup at home to Fulham on Saturday.
And staying in Doha's luxurious Aspire Academy – albeit without Ferguson who still has commitments in Britain – where Bundesliga sides Bayern Munich and Schalke have also trained is surely one of the finest ways to prepare.
Prolific: United's front two show different levels of happiness at the kits
One who might be particularly uncomfortable is goalkeeper David de Gea, however. Ferguson is thought to have run out of patience with the difficulties he has experienced in adjusting to English football, so any kit may well be the least of his concerns.
De Gea is understood to be homesick and keen to be re-united with pop star girlfriend Edurne in Madrid, where he played for Atletico before his transfer in the summer of 2011.
Despite clearly improving following a particularly uncertain start to his United career, errors remain within De Gea's game and most recently during Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Tottenham, where his unconvincing punch led to Clint Dempsey's stoppage time equaliser.
Contrast: Anderson's enthusiasm is different to Scholes', who's never been one with an interest in off-field matters
Regardless of any goalkeeping changes, United are thought to be on the verge of sealing the 12million arrival of forward Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger today insisted he had never had an interest in the 20-year-old, despite previously suggesting otherwise, leaving United as the firm favourites to secure his signing.
'We were never in for Zaha,' Wenger said. 'I don't know if he will go to Man United. If he goes to Man United, good luck to him.'
Classy: Even Carrington is unappealing compared to this during the winter months
Relaxed: United's hotshots stretch in the sunshine
Bibs No need for those with tea-towels on hand
Sir Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, was in far less salubrious parts of the world. The boss was pictured with Instagram user Oliver Regis at Peterborough train station, making his way back to Manchester after a function in London.
In the cold: Ferguson was unable to join his squad in Qatar