Man Utd and Man City 2020/21 Premier League fixture plans after European exits

Both Manchester United and Manchester City are set to be given delayed starts to the new Premier League season after the pair were knocked out of European competition at the weekend.

City were seen as heavy favourites to beat Lyon, who finished seventh in the curtailed Ligue 1 season, in Saturday's Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon, but a combination of poor finishing and defensive mistakes led to a 3-1 defeat for Pep Guardiola's side.

Then Manchester's dismal weekend continued on Sunday when United lost 2-1 to Sevilla in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Bruno Fernandes had given United the lead from the penalty spot, but goals from the former Liverpool winger Suso and ex-Newcastle striker Luuk de Jong secured a win for the Spaniards.

The Premier League had agreed that all clubs in the delayed European competitions would be guaranteed a rest period of 30 days prior to the beginning of the 2020/21 campaign, although that doesn't take pre-season training or friendly matches into consideration.

That means that, while United and City's delay is essentially confirmed, Chelsea and Wolves are likely to seek assurances from the Premier League that they too can start the new season later than other clubs.

Both Chelsea, who were knocked out the Champions League by Bayern Munich on August 8, and Wolves, who lost to Sevilla in the Europa League on August 11, would be able to fulfill the 30-day period and start the season with all other clubs on September 12.

However both are said to be keen for extra rest, with Chelsea pointing to their involvement in the FA Cup final and Wolves citing their 14-month long 2019/20 season as justification.

The Premier League will release their fixtures 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 fixtures from the opening weekend will need to be delayed.

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