Manchester United discovered their fixtures for the 2020/21 campaign this morning but they could be without Jadon Sancho for four of those matches if Ed Woodward continues his transfer stance.
United have been trying to complete a deal for the England international but the saga looks set to drag on for some time.
Borussia Dortmund have ruled out selling their star this summer after their August 10 deadline was not met.
However, the Bundesliga side’s stance with Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in recent windows suggests they could still let the 20-year-old leave.
If Sancho pushes for a switch to Old Trafford and United meet his £108million valuation a deal could still be struck.
Woodward is using his notorious transfer plan of playing the long-game in hope of striking a discount.
The Red Devils chief attempted the tactic with Leicester last summer but still ended up paying £80m for Harry Maguire.
He also waited until deadline day in January before completing a deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The summer transfer deadline has been extended until October 5 this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
That allows Woodward more time to conclude a deal for Sancho and he looks likely to use every minute of it.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his new signings in the door before the campaign gets underway on September 12.
But Sancho could miss four fixtures if Woodward drags his feet and waits until deadline day once again.
United’s opening match against Burnley will be rearranged because they reached the Europa League semi-finals and require more time to prepare for the new domestic season.
If that fixture is rescheduled before October 5 then Sancho may not yet be a United player.
The matches which the 20-year-old could also miss are the home clash with Crystal Palace on September 19 and the trip to Brighton a week later.
Woodward taking negotiations with Dortmund right up to the wire could also see Sancho miss the mouthwatering home tie against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on October 3.
Man Utd Premier League fixtures 2020/21 in full
(Fixtures subject to change when TV schedule released)
12/09/2020 15:00 Burnley v Manchester United (to be rearranged)
19/09/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Crystal Palace
26/09/2020 15:00 Brighton v Manchester United
03/10/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
17/10/2020 15:00 Newcastle United v Manchester United
24/10/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Chelsea
31/10/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Arsenal
07/11/2020 15:00 Everton v Manchester United
21/11/2020 15:00 Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion
28/11/2020 15:00 Southampton v Manchester United
05/12/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester United
12/12/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Manchester City
15/12/2020 19:45 Sheffield United v Manchester United
19/12/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Leeds United
26/12/2020 15:00 Leicester City v Manchester United
28/12/2020 15:00 Manchester United v Wolverhampton
02/01/2021 15:00 Manchester United v Aston Villa
12/01/2021 19:45 Fulham v Manchester United
16/01/2021 15:00 Liverpool v Manchester United
26/01/2021 20:00 Manchester United v Sheffield United
30/01/2021 15:00 Arsenal v Manchester United
02/02/2021 20:00 Manchester United v Southampton
06/02/2021 15:00 Manchester United v Everton
13/02/2021 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United
20/02/2021 15:00 Manchester United v Newcastle United
27/02/2021 15:00 Chelsea v Manchester United
06/03/2021 15:00 Manchester City v Manchester United
13/03/2021 15:00 Manchester United v West Ham United
20/03/2021 15:00 Crystal Palace v Manchester United
03/04/2021 15:00 Manchester United v Brighton
10/04/2021 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United
17/04/2021 15:00 Manchester United v Burnley
24/04/2021 15:00 Leeds United v Manchester United
01/05/2021 15:00 Manchester United v Liverpool
08/05/2021 15:00 Aston Villa v Manchester United
11/05/2021 20:00 Manchester United v Leicester City
15/05/2021 15:00 Manchester United v Fulham
23/05/2021 16:00 Wolverhampton v Manchester United
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