We can all agree that Premier League games being played behind closed doors is very weird. It will take some time getting used to but hopefully fans can return to stadiums in the not too distant future.
Respected journalist and United We Stand editor Andy Mitten posed an interesting question to Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at this morning’s pre-match press conference, with the Reds hosting Sheffield United tomorrow night.
Mitten asked if matches behind closed doors make it easier for coaches and players to impose in-game instructions.
Solskjaer responded (quotes from Manchester Evening News): “I’m not sure if easier is the right world, it’s a different way, a different mental challenge for the players. It might make some feel more at ease, some thrive at the enthusiasm of the passion and fans.
“But as coaches we get messages across and opposition coaches can listen, it’s a different way. At home if you’re struggling, you get home fans on your back and struggle with that and relax a bit more but we all miss our fans.
“I’ve not heard fans in the world be so supportive of their team, so for me it’s more difficult for us to play at Old Trafford with no fans than with fans, they’re so passionate.”
It’s an interesting one because depending on what way you like at it there will be pros and cons. The pros definitely outweigh the cons because football is nothing without fans, and you can tell from Solskjaer’s comments that he wants Old Trafford full on match day again.
It will be a special occasion when restrictions are lifted and we can all go to Old Trafford for a football match.