Manchester United and Manchester City will get a later start to the 2020-21 season after being dumped from Europe, with the Premier League pledging a 30-day rest period ahead of another season on September 12.
- Premier League will allow Man United and Man City and start the new season later
- The opening weekend is scheduled for September 12, but officials pledged a 30-day rest
- City crashed out of the Champions League after a shocking 2-1 defeat to Lyon
- United’s Europa League dreams were ended by Seville on Sunday evening
- Wolves also get a 30 day rest, but should make the first game week
Manchester City and United will have a delayed start to next season, despite both leaving Europe earlier than expected, with the Premier League announcing the 2020-21 games on Friday morning.
The Premier League promised them – and Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves – a minimum of 30 days’ rest in light of their involvement in the Champions League and Europa League.
Wolves’ last game – in a 1-0 defeat to Sevilla in the quarter-finals – took place on August 11. That means they can still play in the opening weekend of the Premier League on September 12, as they technically have 30 days between the two games.
Manchester City will have a delayed start to next season after leaving the Champions League
United also starts later after their loss in the Europa League, with both clubs given a 30-day rest
Still, Wolves are keen to start their season later given the hectic pace of their 2019/20 season, while Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is also keen to give his team more time. The West Londoners were last involved in the Champions League against Bayern Munich on August 8, a week after participating in the FA Cup final.
The agreement could allow City to play their first game on the Tuesday after the first game week, with United on Wednesday, to ensure they still have a 30-day recovery.
One solution is for the Premier League to get City and United to play against Wolves and Chelsea in their opening game, so that all four teams get a longer rest period. Sources that are close to compiling the match list keep talking about whether that will be awarded.
Wolves have a similar arrangement, but should be ready to appear before the start of September 12
The Premier League will announce all 380 games for the 20-21 season by August 21
Both City and United were among the favorites to win the Champions League and Europa League respectively, but both suffered shocking defeats to destroy their dreams.
Pep Guardiola’s men were dumped by Ligue 1 team Lyon in a 3-1 defeat in the quarter-finals of the European elite competition on Saturday. Maxwell Cornet put the unpaid team ahead before Kevin De Bruyne seemed to have put City back on the wheel with an equalizer.
But the French side surprised City when Moussa Dembélé controversially scored before the ex-Celtic man placed second after Ederson’s error.
City suffered a 3-1 Champions League defeat to Lyon with Moussa Dembele scoring a brace
United’s hopes for the Europa League were ended by Sevilla when Luuk De Jong scored a late winner
It was a similar heartbreak for their rivals on Sunday night in the Europa League semi-finals when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer became frustrated with Sevilla. Bruno Fernandes’ penalty put them ahead before midfielder Suso tied the score and Newcastle flop Luuk De Jong won it late for the LaLiga side.
Top flight teams are facing a new season in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with the campaign having been delayed for a month due to the chaos caused by the virus.
Games will be played behind closed doors until the government approves the return of spectators – with the hope that the stadiums can reopen partially by October.
In addition, a crowded match list has forced the FA Cup reruns to be dropped, with the Carabao Cup semi-finals now reduced to just one leg.