Then Manchester’s dismal weekend continued on Sunday when United lost 2-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final.
Bruno Fernandes had given United the lead from the penalty spot, but goals from ex-Liverpool winger Suso and ex-Newcastle striker Luuk de Jong secured the victory for the Spaniards.
The Premier League had agreed that all clubs participating in delayed European competitions would be guaranteed a 30-day rest period before the start of the 2020/21 campaign, although this did not take into account pre-season training or friendly matches.
This means that, although United and City’s delay is essentially confirmed, Chelsea and Wolves will likely seek assurances from the Premier League that they too can start the new season later than other clubs.
Chelsea, who were knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich on August 8, and Wolves, who lost to Sevilla in the Europa League on August 11, could fill the 30-day period and start the season with everyone else. clubs. September 12.
However, both are said to be keen on resting more, with Chelsea pointing to their involvement in the FA Cup final and Wolves citing their 14-month 2019/20 season as justification.
The Premier League will publish their matches for the 2020/21 season on Friday, with one option potentially being to place United, City, Chelsea and Wolves together to ensure that only two matches of the opening weekend will have to be delayed.