Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham on Sunday and their home match against LASK in the Europa League have been postponed due to coronavirus fears.
BBC Sport report the Premier League has been suspended until April 3.
It must be said it is absolutely the right call and it is an indictment on the Premier League that it took Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mikel Arteta to test positive for action to come.
The UEFA decision to suspend the Champions League and Europa League is also correct, but it does raise questions over why United had to travel to Austria to play a game behind closed doors when it was always likely the return leg would be postponed.
Football is the most important of the least important things in life- which is to say it doesn’t really matter at a time like this.
But from a Manchester United perspective, the right decision has come with bad timing, given the momentum Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have generated at the moment.
United on fire
Last night’s 5-0 win behind closed doors against LASK made it nine wins from 11 for United.
Solskjaer’s side played like a team high on confidence and their clinical finishing meant the scoreline reflected a totally dominant performance.
United are absolutely rampant at the moment and a gruelling period of matches after the winter break has simply generated the opportunity for the momentum to roll on and on every three or four days.
There is now uncertainty around when United will next play again. Whatever happens from here on in, it won’t be a regular season and Solskjaer will hope his side can pick up where they left off, whenever it is that they return to action.
Spurs let off the hook?
Tottenham were gutless in their 3-0 midweek Champions League loss against RB Leipzig, which sealed their exit at the last 16 stage, 4-0 on aggregate.
Jose Mourinho has already dragged the mood around the club down to rock bottom – like he did at Old Trafford – and the squad is ravaged with injuries.
It would have been the perfect time for United to travel to north London and land a major blow in the race for the Champions League spots.
Whenever the game is replayed, Spurs will have a stronger squad available, with the likes of Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Ben Davies all working tirelessly to be back as soon as possible.
The postponement lets them off the hook somewhat.
What happens next?
Nobody really knows where we go from here. The Europa League, as well as the FA Cup, will have to be squeezed in somewhere.
The Premier League needs to completed and there is a UEFA meeting due next week when Euro 2020 will be discussed.
These are unique times. United would usually be free to keep their momentum rolling as long as they can, but whatever happens, that won’t be the case now.
Perhaps when football is back on the agenda, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford will be closer to returning to action – that’s one positive.
But Solskjaer would likely prefer to be sending his side out as normal in the coming days.
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