Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has questioned the wisdom of a proposed Premier League ‘circuit breaker’, despite the recent spike in coronavirus cases.
During the latest round of testing, which covered the period between December 21-27, top flight clubs returned the highest number of positive tests (18) since mass screening began.
Manchester City recorded several of these cases, with their fixture against Everton on Monday being postponed just hours before kick off. Sheffield United also confirmed that ‘a number’ of their players and staff had tested positive for the virus, but that did not stop their game against Burnley on Tuesday going ahead as planned.
With infections increasing across the United Kingdom, Premier League clubs are said to be considering a two week break while the situation is brought under control. The idea has been publicly supported by West Brom boss Sam Allardyce, but not all managers are behind the proposals.
When questioned about a potential circuit breaker after Manchester United’s 1-0 over Wolves on Tuesday night, Solskjaer revealed that he was not sure whether it was a good idea.
“It’s not something I’ve thought about a lot and we as a club, a group and our players have been really good following protocols and rules,” he said, as quoted by Metro.
“That’s part of the job here. We as clubs follow protocols we’re given. I can’t see the benefit in having a break – when are we going to play the games? We all know it’s so difficult, but if you just stop more games I don’t think that’s going to make a big, big change. It might be a longer one, so when do we finish the season?”
If the break does go ahead, Premier League clubs will face a tough task to fulfil all of their fixtures. The final matchday is currently scheduled to take place on May 23, with the Champions League final set to be staged six days later and the summer’s European Championships kicking off two weeks after that.