Man Utd and Man City set to miss start of season after European exploits

Manchester United and Manchester City will miss the start of the season following their European exploits, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskajer’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League semi-final on Sunday despite taking an early lead through Bruno Fernandes.

Just 24 hours earlier neighbours Manchester City exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage after losing 3-1 to Lyon.

Both teams can now enjoy a brief summer break before the 2020-21 season kicks off on September 12.

However, with teams promised a minimum of 30 days off once they had completed their 2019/20 campaign it means they will miss the opening round of matches.

Both Manchester clubs now face the possibility of starting their campaigns a few days later in midweek on either September 15 or 16.

According to The Times, United have now reportedly requested a longer break and want to begin their new season a few days later.

Premier League chiefs are also reluctant to put the Manchester derby as their opening fixture in the hope that fans will be able to attend later in the year once lockdown measures ease.

All will be revealed when the Premier League fixtures are released on Friday.

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England’s other representatives in European football saw Wolves reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League and Chelsea bow out to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The Blues played their second leg against the Bundesliga giants on August 8, a week after losing the FA Cup final.

Wolves' last match of a gruelling campaign saw them suffer a 1-0 loss to Sevilla on August 11.

That means they can technically still feature on the Premier League’s opening weekend as they will have had 30 days rest between the two games.

There are suggestions Premier League chiefs could allow the aforementioned English quartet to play against one another in the opening set of fixtures to avoid any more fixture headaches later on in the season.

In a bid to reduce the amount of games teams play in the upcoming season FA Cup replays and two-legged semi-finals of the Carabao Cup have been scrapped.

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