The Premier League has exempted Manchester United and Manchester City from opening weekend of the 2020-21 campaign following their European commitments this past season.
Man City’s season ended on August 15 with a 3-1 defeat by Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League quarter-finals, while Man United’s season was concluded following its Europa League semi-final loss to Sevilla a day later.
The Premier League season is set to begin on September 12 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, the Times newspaper reports.
However, Wolverhampton Wanderers, who was knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla on August 11 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.