Anyone for golf Fergie takes United stars north of the border in break from the title race
11:06 GMT, 30 March 2012
Time for a break Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson has whisked his Manchester United squad off for a golfing break in Scotland before resuming their title quest.
The majority of the first-team squad will spend two nights at St Andrews in a bid to relax.
With the club not back in action until their Barclays Premier League clash with Blackburn at Ewood Park on Monday, Ferguson has decided to take his troops north of the border.
The manager is believed to have felt that some of his inexperienced players were on edge as they enter the home straight.
'Initially the players thought they might be going to somewhere exotic like Dubai,' a source told goal.com.
'Fergie wanted to keep the players
guessing a bit because he wants complete isolation and for the trip to
be away from the prying eyes of the media.
'The trip will involve a bit of training, some golf, and some rest and recuperation to relax the players ahead of the run-in.
'It is the first time in a title run-in that the manager has felt the need to take the pressure off like this.
'No-one has ever known anything like it. There was just a feeling among some of the staff that the younger players are on edge.'
It is perhaps surprising that Ferguson has decided to take his players away for such a short break at this time of year – but the United manager knows his players inside out and will recognise what is required.
He is desperate to secure a record 20th league crown to leave arch rivals City second best once again.
United will return on Sunday night and are likely to head directly to the team hotel to prepare for the match against struggling Blackburn.