Manchester United and Manchester City will not be required to compete in the opening weekend of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign following their European commitments this past season.
City’s season came to an end on 15 August with a 3-1 defeat by Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League quarter-finals, while United’s season concluded following their Europa League semi-final loss to Sevilla a day later.
The Premier League season is set to begin on 12 September and with teams requiring at least a 30-day break before their first match, City and United will likely play their opening game the following week.
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However, Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla on 11 August – 32 days before the start of the new season — will be required to play on the opening weekend.
City ended the 2019/20 season in second place, 15 points ahead of third-placed United.
It’s understood the Premier League fixtures will be confirmed in full later this week, three weeks’ ahead of the new campaign getting underway.
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