By Mike Keegan For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 14 January 2020 | Updated: 23:36 GMT, 14 January 2020
Manchester United have scrapped plans for a training camp in Doha in next month's winter break over fears for their players' safety in the Middle East.
United were due to train in Qatar but rising tension between Iran and the US — that led to the downing of a passenger plane over Tehran last week — forced the club to abandon that amid security concerns, with the Foreign Office warning of an increased threat in the region.
The US national team also cancelled a training camp in Qatar scheduled for this month.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says there is no chance of United's training camp being held in Qatar
The Manchester United team traveled to Dubai for a warm weather training camp last year
United will choose an alternative venue in Europe during their 16-day break and give the players time for a short holiday, although the club will not place any restrictions on where they can go.
'We were looking at the Middle East but that's definitely not going to happen,' said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
'If there is one thing that worries me, it's not on the football pitch. There are other things that will worry me more than football.
'I'm going to give them a few days off. I don't know where they will all scatter around but we will stay in Europe.'
United used the Aspire Academy facilities in Doha under Sir Alex Ferguson, while Solskjaer took his players to the Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex in Dubai a year ago.