Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has questioned the wisdom of a proposed Premier League ‘breaker’, despite the recent spike in coronavirus cases.
In the latest round of testing, which covered December 21-27, top clubs returned the most positive tests (18) since mass screening began.
Manchester City have recorded several of these cases, with their game against Everton on Monday being postponed hours before kick-off. Sheffield United have also confirmed that a “number” of their players and staff have tested positive for the virus, but that did not stop their match against Burnley on Tuesday from going as planned.
With infections on the rise across the UK, Premier League clubs are reportedly considering a two-week hiatus while the situation is brought under control. The idea was publicly supported by West Brom boss Sam Allardyce, but not all managers are behind the proposals.
Asked about a potential breaker after Manchester United’s 1-0 v Wolves on Tuesday night, Solskjaer revealed he was not sure it was a good idea.
“It’s not something I’ve given much thought to and we as a club, group and our players have really followed the protocols and the rules,” he said, as quoted by Metro.
“It’s part of the job here. As clubs, we follow the protocols given to us. I don’t see the point of having a break – when are we going to play the games? We all know it’s that hard, but if you stop more games I don’t think it’s going to make a big, big change. It could be longer, so when do we end the season? “
If the break continues, Premier League clubs will face a tough task to complete all of their matches. The final day is currently scheduled for May 23, with the Champions League final scheduled six days later and the European Summer Championships kicking off two weeks later.