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will review security after young star Tahith Chong was burgled at knifepoint at his home - the fourth player to to be raided in recent months.
Chong, 22, was at home in Sale, Greater Manchester recovering from a groin injury in January when three balaclava-clad men reportedly broke in and 'held blades to his throat'.
The footballer was asleep when the thugs broke in at around 3am on January 16 and they took items including watches and jewellery.
They also reportedly mocked his lack of security during the terrifying raid.
Chong is the fourth Manchester United star to have his home burgled in recent months, after Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof and Jesse Lingard.
Manchester City star Joao Cancelo was also the victim of a robbery, with the defender sharing photos of his bruised face after thugs struck him during the raid on his home.
A Man United source has now revealed that the club is working with its players to 'review and strengthen the security around their homes'.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick added: 'The club will speak to the players about what actions can be taken to increase security.'
Meanwhile, other stars including Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo have hired their own security in light of the raids.
Manchester United rising star Tahith Chong was reportedly robbed at knifepoint in January
Paul Pogba with his wife Zulay. The couple's home was raided while he was playing a match for Manchester United
Victor Lindelof and wife Maja Nilsson Lindelof with their children. The couple's home was burgled in January
Rashford has hired a minder to move into his house and he also owns a £25,000 guard dog to patrol his estate.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, hired twin brothers Sergio and Jorge Ramalheiro, who served in an elite special forces unit in Afghanistan.
In Chong's case, police were called and reportedly warned the Dutch player that his social media may have been monitored by organised gangs looking for indicators of wealth.
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Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment.
Earlier this month, Paul Pogba revealed that his house was broken into as his two children lay asleep, while he played against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
The French midfielder wrote on social media: 'Last night our family's worst nightmare was realized when our home was broken into and burglarized while our babies were sleeping in their bedroom.
'The burglars were in our home for less than five minutes but in that time they took from us something more valuable than anything we had in our home... our sense of safety and security.
'This occurred during the final minutes of last night's match when they knew that we would not be home. My wife and I rushed home not knowing if our children were safe and unharmed.
Paul Pogba's home was burgled earlier this month as his two children lay asleep
Pogba shared his family's horrific ordeal on social media, offering a reward for any information
Victor Lindelof's house was raided in January while his wife and their young family were there
'As a father there is no feeling worse in this world than not being there to protect your children and I sincerely hope that no one ever has to feel what I felt last night.
'It is for this reason that I would like to offer a reward for anyone who has a clue to help us. Please send any info to firstname.lastname@example.org.'
Meanwhile, Victor Lindelof's home was targeted on January 19 - just three days after the reported burglary at Chong's house - as he played for United against Brentford in London. His wife Maja and their young family were at the property at the time.
'During Victor's game this Wednesday night we had a break-in at our house in Manchester,' Maja wrote on social media.
'We are okay under the circumstances but it was obviously a very traumatic and scary moment for both me and my little kids. We are now in Sweden and are spending some time off with our families. Love, Maja.'
United midfielder Jesse Lingard and Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo have also had their homes raided in the last three months.
Cancelo sustained facial injuries after fighting back against the intruders, who made off with stolen jewellery.
Cancelo's partner, Daniela and baby daughter were in the house when the ordeal took place, an incident which left the full back shaken. City said that police are investigating the incident.
The Portugal international, who lives in the suburbs of Manchester, posted a picture of himself on Instagram to document his wounds following the attack.
Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo has revealed he was attacked at home by intruders
Cancelo pictured with his partner Daniela - they have a baby daughter together called Alicia
Cancelo pictured with his daughter - he said his family were home when the attack happened
'Unfortunately today I was assaulted by four cowards who hurt me and tried to hurt my family,' he said.
'When you show resistance this is what happens. They managed to take all my jewellery and leave me with my face with this state.
'I don't know how there are people with such meanness. The most important thing for me is my family and luckily they are all OK.
'And after so many obstacles in my life, this is just one more than I will overcome. Firm and strong, like always.'
City said in a statement: 'We are shocked and appalled that Joao Cancelo and his family were subjected to a burglary at their home this evening during which Joao was also assaulted.
'Joao and his family are being supported by the club and he is helping the police with their enquiries as they investigate this very serious matter.'
Meanwhile, Lingard was raided by 'Away Day' robbers as thieves stole more than £100,000 in clothes and kellerrobin883.wixsite.com jewellery from his home.
Lingard's house in Hale, Greater Manchester was raided by a gang of robbers as United visited Aston Villa on January 15 and he has now accepted an offer to sell the mansion.
Lingard was targeted just days before thieves robbed his Manchester United teammate Lindelof.