Mike Williamson has said that the break in Dubai will give a ‘good opportunity to make sure everyone is up to speed’ after the intensity of the festive period.

United trained earlier today and will train twice on Tuesday, before having a day off on Wednesday, then flying back to Tyneside on Thursday.

ryan taylorOn their way back from the Newcastle injuries pile; Mehdi Abeid, Ryan Taylor and Siem De Jong all trained today with the rest of the squad.

Speaking to the club website – Mike Williamson;

“There was a bit of fun and a bit of football – it was good intensity. The weather wasn’t what you’d expect in Dubai, a bit of rain but still quite humid.”

“A normal Tuesday (double training session) – it will be tough but should be enjoyable, the change of scenery will be nice.”

Up to speed;

“It’s a good opportunity to get some more good work inside us.

“Obviously over the Christmas period we’ve had lots of games and lots of minutes, so then it is all about recovery, but now we’ve got a good opportunity to make sure everyone is up to speed.”