Manchester United risk a burnout ahead of 2020-21 campaign due to European commitments
According to Sky Sports, Manchester United have been handed a reprieve and are expected to start the 2020/21 season late.
With the current campaign finally coming to a close on Sunday, the new domestic season is scheduled to start on 12th September. (h/t Daily Star)
However, United’s season is far from done, with the club hoping to clinch the Europa League which restarts next month. Making it to the final on August 21 will leave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with just 22 days to get his players in shape for the opening matchday.
According to the report, the Premier League is expected to give us 30 days off from our final European match. This should be enough time for our fatigued stars to rest and recuperate.
This is excellent news for a United side that is set for a potentially hectic 14 months. With the European Championships rescheduled to next summer, a number of our key stars will be fatigued by the time all of their commitments come to an end.
Making it to the final will see United fail to take the field in the Premier League until September 22. A full 10 days after the season starts.
Arch-rivals Manchester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea are also expected to benefit from the decision.
United have suffered of late due to their busy schedule. There has been a significant drop in quality and intensity in the last few weeks.
Hopefully, saner heads will prevail and the clubs will not be punished for their success.
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United hold a 5-0 lead over LASK going into the second leg of the last 16. With one leg already in the quarter-finals, we could face either Istanbul Baseksehir or FC Copenhagen in the last eight.
Provided we get that far, Roma and Inter Milan could potentially be waiting for us in the semifinals and finals respectively.