Manchester United out for team lunch
A photo of Manchester United’s bulk order for a preseason team dinner surfaced online Thursday and raised more than a few eyebrows.
The Red Devils have just over a week left before they start their season and receive northwest rival Leeds United on the opening day of the 2021-22 campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is currently based in Fife, Scotland, meeting for dinner at a restaurant called Brooks in Dundee.
Understandably, the club pre-ordered due to the size of their party. A copy of that pre-order made it on Twitter, however, and Manchester United and rival fans gleefully immersed themselves in the players’ decisions.
United players are having their team dinner tonight – hammer away pic.twitter.com/nD5KgrMDkU
-. (@ManUnitedZone__) August 4, 2021
As can be seen above, the players had the choice between starter, main course and dessert as well as side dishes of their choice.
Star man Bruno Fernandes opted for goat cheese, followed by steak (medium) and a sticky toffee pudding, accompanied by sweet potato fries, halloumi and spinach.
Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard opted for a simple cheeseburger while England international Mason Greenwood opted for a well-made steak, which made the young striker trending on Twitter.
Fans took to Twitter to express their surprise, disappointment, and shock at the star’s food choices, much of which focused on Greenwood:
Mason Greenwood did steak well 😰 Send it to Watford on loan for these guys. https://t.co/6utb6H9bjs
– Luke Smith (@ LukeSmithF1) August 5, 2021
Can also sell Mason Greenwood now and be ready after ordering a well-done fillet steak 🤯 https://t.co/rQyj10U9R4
– United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) August 5, 2021
Five-game suspension for Mason Greenwood for asking for a well-done steak. Luke Shaw is a maniac too. https://t.co/4RUwgQCHhY
– Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) August 5, 2021
Mason Greenwood with the war crimes against the kitchen. https://t.co/cfpTqmJfdV
– Adrian from RTV (@Rabona_TV) August 4, 2021
People were also quick to take Luke Shaw’s orders as the English full-back had previously come under fire from former boss Jose Mourinho for his weight:
There’s a lot to unpack, including Luke Shaw’s order of “regular” bread, fries, and fries to go with his burger, but Lee Grant’s pre-order is wonderful. https://t.co/Tm0103SPyh
– Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) August 5, 2021
Luke Shaw orders a cheeseburger, fries and fries with it … https://t.co/4uXFwgEM1z pic.twitter.com/qpfY4gzJZV
– C (@AFC_Carys) August 5, 2021
Luke Shaw an easy target over that #mufc Player menu leak. His fitness wasn’t an issue when he was her best player last season. Professionalism improved significantly, and Shaw was quarantined for part of his three-week vacation. He got back to pre-season training faster than others.
– Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) August 5, 2021
Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard was also under the microscope:
Lingard with a simple cheeseburger with a side of cheese https://t.co/7CNVlxoKbp
– Owain Hunt (@orhunt) August 5, 2021
Everyone asks Mason because he has a well done steak with halloumi while ignoring the fact that Lingard has a cheeseburger with a single slice of cheese and nothing else but his main course https://t.co/tZ6lGwlyT5
– Chris 🇷🇸 #OleOut (@ Chris10i) August 4, 2021
Given the strict diets enforced by footballers for much of the year, including pasta at 9 a.m. and post-game meals, it may not come as a surprise that when given the chance, players choose to shake things up.
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