In what has somehow become a much more regular occurrence in football these days, Manchester United took to the Turf Moor pitch for their warm up bearing the names of two of their injured colleagues on their training kit.
Following the satirical reaction to İlkay Gündoğan’s name being embroidered on the Manchester City players’ shirts earlier this season after he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, one would have thought Premier League sides may have learned their lesson.
But it appears not to be the case, as Manchester United have today arrived at Burnley with their training gear bearing the names of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, two players who are injured. Yes, injured.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 23, 2017
This will of course have little impact on the players who are about to face Burnley, as they understand these sort of PR gimmicks must be done, but it has not stopped online observers letting United know just how ridiculous this latest stunt is.
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) April 23, 2017
— Jon Gibbons (@TheJonnyGibbons) April 23, 2017
— Fergal Holmes (@fergalholmes77) April 23, 2017
— Leslie Addis (@lesaddis58) April 23, 2017
— H. (@PrimeMUFC) April 23, 2017
— Chaitanya (@chaits89) April 23, 2017
T-shirt tributes aside, United look to be cruising to a comfortable win over Burnley, a victory which will put them just one point behind City in the league table with six games left to play.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena