Paul Pogba was in good spirits as Manchester United travelled down to London ahead of their Premier League fixture versus West Ham.
The France international is set to start for United at the London Stadium despite a week of turmoil surrounding his future at the club.
Pogba's United future had been cast into fresh doubt after a tense week between himself and Jose Mourinho, which saw the France international stripped of his vice-captain duties prior to a seemingly frosty exchange with the Portuguese at training on Wednesday.
Mourinho insisted 'no player is bigger than the club' at this press conference and confirmed the World Cup winner is set to start for United as they look to return to winning ways against West Ham this weekend.
England duo Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones were among seven first-team players not spotted as the side met at Stockport train station on Friday afternoon but it is possible they could still meet up with their teammates.
Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero are the only confirmed absentees for the trip to London, with Mourinho revealing their omissions ahead of his press conference on Friday.
Diogo Dalot, Andreas Pereira and Antonio Valencia were also not spotted by photographers with the rest of their teammates as they prepared to face the Hammers but again they have not been ruled out and could still be in the squad.
It is also worth noting that due to Romero's suspension there was no third-choice keeper spotted in the travelling squad, however it is possible Matej Kovar could join up with the squad later having featured for the U23s during their away win against Norwich on Friday afternoon.
Mourinho confirmed at his pre-match press conference Pogba will start when his side line up against West Ham on Saturday lunchtime.
"Manchester United is bigger than anyone and I have to defend that," Mourinho proclaimed, agreeing his relationship with Pogba was 'player-manager'.
"Exactly that," Mourinho said. "That's exactly that, I think Paul told that in one of his appearances in the famous mixed zone and is exactly, he is correct. Is a good relation, player manager.
"No, I cannot tell you [what was said]. The training session was open, you had some cameras with some potential to get some of the words, maybe you have to change the potential if you want to know everything that is said because I'm not going to comment, it was a conversation.
"I explain very detailed to the people that has to know in detail, which is the squad and especially Paul, so Paul and the other players in the squad know in detail the reason why myself and my coaching staff, we decide to do that and I always analyse a player as a player when a player is captain, I analyse the player by the player and captain perspective. And after weeks of analysing and changing opinions with my coaching staff we made the decision Paul is just a player and not a captain. Decision made."
Confirmed United squad members
De Gea, Grant; Young, Smalling, Shaw, Bailly, Darmian, Lindelof; Pogba, Fellaini, Mata, Herrera, Fred, McTominay, Matic; Lukaku, Martial, Rashford, Sanchez.