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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man Utd squad arrive at training for annual Christmas lunch where boss helps serve food

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER arrived at Carrington for Manchester United's Christmas lunch where planned to serve the food in a bid to spread festive cheer among his squad.

The Norwegian and the rest of the team turned up in their swanky motors ahead of the do that Solskjaer told the players they must attend.

Solskjaer has told the squad he expects them to attend, which will be different to last year under Jose Mourinho.

Last season the players arrived in dribs and drabs and the Special One stayed in his office for most of the time in what was a sombre affair.

It was described as the worst Xmas lunch at United for a couple of decades by people who could be bothered to attend.

There was a notable dip in the mood last season and Solskjaer is keen to avoid that this time around.

In years gone by, the youth team would perform a pantomime while Sir Alex Ferguson was once hit in the face with a mince pie as part of the light-hearted festive fun.

And in an attempt to recreate that atmosphere within the club, Solskjaer will be taking another leaf out of Fergie's book.

The gaffer has told kitchen staff to expect a Norwegian helper for the do as he will be donning a pinny and chipping in like his old boss used to do.

And in stark contrast to last year, United's players - who face Watford on Sunday - are thoroughly looking forward to this year's do.

A squad insider said: "The players are actually looking forward to the lunch on Friday - it was terrible last year - the mood was shocking under Jose before he was sacked.

"United has always been a club that upholds traditions but celebrating Christmas hasn't been a big deal under recent managers - Ole is wanting to change that."

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