Man United, Man City exempt from first weekend of Premier League

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.

Man City’s season came to an end on August 15 with a 3-1 defeat by Olympic Lyonnais in the Champions League quarter-finals, while the Red Devils’ season concluded following their Europa League semi-final loss to Sevilla a day later.

The Premier League season will 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.

However, Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla on August 11-32 days before the start of the new season will be required to play on the opening weekend.

City finished the 2019-20 season in second place, 15 points ahead of third-placed United.

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