Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says their Qatar trip is a welcome break.

Carrick joked that the players are looking forward to escaping the snow and believes the trip will stand the players in good stead for the challenges that lie ahead.

"I think it will be an important break for us," he told MUTV.

"We can get the sun cream out hopefully and get out on the beach and relax a bit!

"It's a busy season and there are busy times ahead. It's about recuperating and getting ready for the next game."