Football’s return has provided a headache in terms of completing the 2019/20 campaign and squeezing in 2020/21 while offering players a suitable break.

Sky Sports report that Manchester United are among the clubs who will be granted a delayed start to next season because of their European exploits.

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Delayed start to 2020/21

Sky Sports report that Premier League clubs had been promised a minimum 30-day break between the end of 2019/20 and the start of 2020/21.

The first Premier League matches of next term will take place on the 12 September, which poses a problem with United still in Europa League action until at least August 16, at the earliest.

That means, along with Manchester City, we look set to have a disrupted, delayed start to next season.

That may be frustrating in terms of seeing other clubs get an early points lead through no fault of our own, but it should be good news for two United players.

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Injured duo get the time they need

Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe are not in United’s squad which is going in search of glory in Cologne.

But, as per Premier Injuries, they are both due to be back fit before the start of next season.


Phil Jones is also out, but the Premier Injuries prognosis on him is slightly worse, and there’s no guarantee he’ll be fit by September.

A delayed start to the campaign should give Shaw and Tuanzebe ample time to get themselves fit and ready for 2020/21, and United will need fresh legs.

The success of the team has worked in the favour of both players.

They shouldn’t need to rush their recovery – which often happens and leads to setbacks – and can focus on getting back in the best shape possible to impress Solskjaer next term.

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