Manchester United have announced that they will withdrawing their pre-season tour plans for the 2020/21 season.
United were scheduled to tour India in preparation for the new season, however, a recent announcement from the club’s Chief Financial Officer, Cliff Baty, confirmed the squad will not be travelling outside of Europe this year.
Baty, as quoted by Manchester Evening News, said ”Looking further ahead, given the revised timing for domestic and UEFA competitions, we will not be participating in our typical summer tour activities this year.”
He added: ”The loss of the summer tour was one of several financial pressures United are set to face moving forward as football attempts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Although the recent announcement is unsurprising, this will be the first time United have opted against touring outside of Europe since 2002.
The Premier League has yet to confirm a restart date for league games in England, therefore, it is unclear at this stage when clubs can expect to finish the campaign.
Considering the financial and logistical challenges clubs face, it is highly likely clubs in England will be forced to have a more domestic pre season, should they have one at all.