The Premier League looks set to return on Wednesday June 17th after positive talks were held between all 20 top flight clubs on Thursday afternoon.
The Telegraph report that the opening two games upon the resumption will be Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal as these are games in hand and will mean all Premier League clubs will have played 29 fixtures.
Another Premier League match may then take place on Friday the 19th of June, but the full round of games is expected to begin on Saturday the 20th and matches will be staggered across the weekend.
The initial hope was that games could return on June 12 but there is a week delay as players get back to match fitness and avoid the risk of injuries.
In the ‘Project Restart’ plan, all Premier League games will be finished by the weekend of August 1 and 2 with a view to playing the FA Cup final the following weekend.
This is a hugely significant step for English football after the Bundesliga returned earlier this month and La Liga announced plans to resume at the start of June.
Realistically, we could see United back in action in their first fixture away to Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on June 19, though it is unclear how the games will be broadcasted.
Moreover, according to the Daily Mail, police have told the Premier League that it is safe to host games at clubs’ home stadiums so United will return to Old Trafford against Sheffield United in their first scheduled home game.