In a few weeks’ time chances are Manchester United players will be able to score in the kitchen as well as on the field.
To keep the guys occupied through the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown they are being taught cooking skills by the club’s nutritionists.
The culinary lessons aren’t just for fun though, Man U’s doctor Steve McNally has been monitoring the players’ mental health to ensure their wellbeing stays in tact through the isolation period.
Although, as the doc revealed to MailOnOnline if there was a premier league for cooking, they probably wouldn’t even make the cut.
Let us rephrase that, some of the boys wouldn’t stand a chance! One of them was even bitten by his dog!
Commentating from the side-line Dr McNally said: 'The nutritionist got the boys on an Instagram page looking at cooking lessons.
'A lot of them have started to develop a new skill and one or two got injured in the process.
'Fortunately most of the boys have been well. We're not getting injuries although there have been a few unusual complaints because they have tried their hand at cooking or have been bitten by the dog. That type of thing, it's just a different focus.'
On the importance of the players’ wellbeing the Dr explained: 'If things go as we hope and we get back to some sort of group training in the next month or two then that will be a positive thing, but the longer it goes on we may have to be a bit more proactive on the mental side.
'We thought about this as we knew we were going to be in lockdown and put together a package for them to give them a number of resources to tap into if they wanted.
'We don't want them to feel that they should be having mental health issues, but we're very vigilant as a staff generally. We have a look out for one or two lads depending on our gut feeling and knowledge of them as individuals. It's an important thing.’
The doc added: 'Training every day is very competitive and they will be missing that, the daily banter and the positivity. I know they will be doing it in their WhatsApp groups, but it's not the same.
'There will be different circumstances. There will be some boys with distractions around them but some with a lot of time to kill.'
Manchester United players are also having weekly weigh-ins to ensure they don’t indulge too much with their cooking skills.
For support with mental health visit the Mind website.
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