If the world was not in lock-down, Manchester United would already be looking ahead to another pre-season. Instead, they are wondering if and when the current campaign will finish.
Had things been different, this summer could have been the big audition for one United teenager more than most. Hannibal Mejbri may only be 17, but huge things are expected of the French midfielder.
United were tipped to head back to Asia this summer for their pre-season programme. But things have changed considerably since then, and it remains to be seen if clubs will warm-up in the traditional way.
Instead, we could see behind-closed-doors friendlies in England. But that may prevent Mejbri from taking full advantage of a traditional United tour and the confidence that inevitably brings.
Last year the likes of James Garner and Angel Gomes impressed and Mejbri was surely next in line. He could still get chances but the stage will be considerably smaller.
The United teenager has the talent to excel regardless of the platform. But it is a shame that arguably the club’s brightest midfield prospect in a generation will not compete against some of Europe’s top clubs this summer.
Mejbri’s time will undoubtedly come. But this summer could have seen him force his way to the front of the line for a first-team shot in 2021. Only time will tell if that comes regardless.