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  • Chris Eubank Jr was given his own United shirt with 'Eubank Jr' and No 1 on back
  • He takes on George Groves in  world super-middleweight title bout on Saturday
  • The 28-year-old put United players through their paces inside his training camp
  • Eubank Jr spoke to them about the importance of footwork in both sports  

By Will Griffee For Mailonline

Published: 07:04 EST, 15 February 2018 | Updated: 09:40 EST, 15 February 2018

Manchester United's latest signing packs a punch. Chris Eubank Jr dropped in on Jose Mourinho's squad at Carrington and received a personalised shirt after taking them inside his training camp. 

The super-middleweight star posed for pictures with the United players on a chilly February morning at their training base. 

Nemanja Matic and Alexis Sanchez were among the number to spend time with Eubank Jr before their session began and he cut a relaxed figure in a black hoodie at the Aon training complex. 

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Chris Eubank Jr posed alongside Nemanja Matic (left) and Alexis Sanchez (right)
Chris Eubank Jr posed alongside Nemanja Matic (left) and Alexis Sanchez (right)

Chris Eubank Jr posed alongside Nemanja Matic (left) and Alexis Sanchez (right)

The boxing star dropped in on training and shared a snap with (left to right), Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young
The boxing star dropped in on training and shared a snap with (left to right), Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young

The boxing star dropped in on training and shared a snap with (left to right), Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young

The 28-year-old fighter had taken the United players inside his training camp
The 28-year-old fighter had taken the United players inside his training camp

The 28-year-old fighter had taken the United players inside his training camp

United were returning the favour after Eubank took a number of players inside his training camp ahead of his title showdown with George Groves on Saturday.

The 28-year-old fighter addressed Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Chris Smalling and Angel Gomes, talking them through a number of drills.

He spoke about the importance of shadow boxing and explained that the uppercut is his favourite shot as it's so difficult to defend. 

Eubank Jr also told them: 'Footwork, just like in football, is one of the most important aspects of the sport in my opinion.

'Guys that are flat-footed, they're easy, you just pick them off, you just light them up. That's how you get hurt. The guys that can move, that are fast on their feet, they can get out of the way.

'Hit and don't get hit, that's what boxing's all about. I practice my defence just as much as my offence, because I want to stay pretty, I don't want to get hit.'

He showed them the ropes and talked them through his favourite shot, the uppercut
He showed them the ropes and talked them through his favourite shot, the uppercut

He showed them the ropes and talked them through his favourite shot, the uppercut

The fighter showed off his skills on the pads as Jose Mourinho's men watched on
The fighter showed off his skills on the pads as Jose Mourinho's men watched on

The fighter showed off his skills on the pads as Jose Mourinho's men watched on

The super-middleweight title contender spoke about the importance of footwork 
The super-middleweight title contender spoke about the importance of footwork 

The super-middleweight title contender spoke about the importance of footwork 

He then turned coach and talked Smalling through the technique of throwing a punch on the heavy bag.

Jesse Lingard even had a go on the pads and felt the full force of that Eubank Jr uppercut, to the amusement of his team-mates who fell about laughing behind him.

No doubt the 28-year-old now has a few more supporters ahead of his semi-final in the World Boxing Super Series tournament. 

Rashford took a lot out of the visit and said: 'It was a really enjoyable experience and it's interesting to see sport from a different perspective to football. 

'I think a lot of the things are all linked, things like mentality and determination, it's the same in all sports. To see it up close in this training session has been fun.

Eubank Jr coached Angel Gomes through the technique of throwing a punch on the bag
Eubank Jr coached Angel Gomes through the technique of throwing a punch on the bag

Eubank Jr coached Angel Gomes through the technique of throwing a punch on the bag

Lingard felt the full power of a Eubank Jr uppercut as he held the pad
Lingard felt the full power of a Eubank Jr uppercut as he held the pad

Lingard felt the full power of a Eubank Jr uppercut as he held the pad

Rashford, Smalling, Gomes and Lingard seemed to relish spending time with Eubank Jr
Rashford, Smalling, Gomes and Lingard seemed to relish spending time with Eubank Jr

Rashford, Smalling, Gomes and Lingard seemed to relish spending time with Eubank Jr

Eubank Jr trained ferociously as his father Chris Eubank paid a visit to the gym 
Eubank Jr trained ferociously as his father Chris Eubank paid a visit to the gym 

Eubank Jr trained ferociously as his father Chris Eubank paid a visit to the gym 

'It's also good to be able to invite him to training and he'll see the aspects that link into his sport. I think it will be interesting and it's always nice to welcome guests like him to training.

'I can't wait for the fight. I think he'll win. It's an exciting night.' 

In his more familiar surroundings of the squared circle, Eubank Jr looked far more at home than the frigid turf at Carrington and he is bullishly confident three days out from his biggest fight to date. 

United visit Huddersfield in the FA Cup on Saturday and having watched Mourinho's side train, Eubank Jr predicted knockout victories for both himself and the Old Trafford club. 

He said: 'This is my first time watching a professional football training session. Incredible to see their dedication and focus even in the snow and freezing wind today. 

'I know I will win on Saturday, and I predict United will knock Huddersfield out as well. A double knockout - but mine won't take anywhere near 90 minutes, that's for sure.'

FORGET FOOTBALL, RUGBY IS WHERE EUBANK JR GOT KO'D

'The only time I've ever been knocked out in my entire life was in a rugby game when I was about 13,' he told ESPN.

'The opposing winger has the ball in his hand and he's running full speed at me. I go down to tackle him and he jumps up and his knee hits my temple.

'That switched me off for about half a second, so I've gone out and hit the ground. I didn't even feel myself hit the ground. I woke back up about a second later and I'm looking around and everyone's clapping, 'ah great tackle Chris', so I had actually tackled him while I was out.

'I got up and one of my eyes was all fuzzy so even that, a guy flying knee in the temple, I was only out for a second and by then I had got back up after a second got back up on my feet and running around on the pitch again. 

'I had a hell of a headache the next day.'

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