Man Utd and Man City to get minimal break and face early Premier League return

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Manchester United and Manchester City will get an extended break of just three days before starting their own Premier League campaigns after the first weekend.

The Red Devils failed to reach the Europa League final, letting Sevilla come back to beat them 2-1 in Cologne.

While Pep Guardiola’s tactical decisions handed Lyon a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

It means the two sides’ 2019/20 campaigns lasted over a year, having played their first competitive games on August 10 and 11 respectively.

With the new season scheduled to start on the weekend of September 12, it would have meant the squads only had 26 days of rest.

But the Mirror understands that the Manchester sides have been guaranteed 30-day breaks, with their first games of the 2020/21 season to be pushed back by three days.

United and City would play their opening Premier League fixtures on September 15 or 16.

Both clubs will give their players a two-week break before returning at the start of the month to begin their pre-season training camps.

Premier League organisers announced a full schedule earlier this month, starting on September 12 and finishing on Sunday May 23.

While the details are set to be confirmed on Friday morning at 9am.

An official statement on July 25 reads: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed to start the 2020/21 Premier League season on 12 September 2020.

“The final match round of the campaign will take place on 23 May 2021.

“The Premier League will continue to consult The FA and EFL regarding the scheduling of all domestic competitions.”

United will use the summer to build on a season that saw them reach three semi-finals as well as securing a Champions League place, looking to secure signings for players such as Jadon Sancho.

But Guardiola’s future has been thrown into doubt after the European loss to Lyon.

While the Spaniard has one season left at the Etihad Stadium, players have been “privately address concerns” about the manager.

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