UEFA could be forced to make difficult Manchester United decision

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According to the latest reports, UEFA could be on the brink of being forced into making a difficult decision about Manchester United.

After finishing 6th in the Premier League 2018-19 season, Manchester United embarked on the 2019-20 campaign as one of the favourites to win the Europa League.

Even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, on one hand, looked hapless in the Premier League as they went on to drop some easy points against beatable opponents and struggled to exhibit consistent performances week in week out, the injury-ravaged Reds somehow managed to top their respective Europa League group with 13 points from 6 games.

Against Club Brugge in Europa League’s the round of 32, United went on to amass a 6-1 aggregate win, thanks to the Red Devil’s 5-0 home victory over the Belgian giants.

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The Red side of Manches had showcased their ruthlessness in a 5-0 away triumph over LASK Linz in an empty TGW Arena in the first leg of UEFA Europa League last-16 tie before the coronavirus pandemic came to put a brake on the footballing actions across Europe.

The Red Devils were on a thrilling 11-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

With Premier League set to return in mid-June, UEFA have already expressed their plans to finish the ongoing 2019-20 campaigns of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in August.

But as things stand English clubs may be unlikely to be able to resume the competition as per the new ruling by the UK government which could force them to withdraw their names from the respective UEFA competitions.

Earlier this week, the home secretary Priti Patel announced via the Daily Mirror that any person arriving at the UK from foreign must follow the protocols of self-isolation for 14 days. And this new rule will be in place from 8th June.

The aforementioned rule will not be applicable for the likes of truck drivers, seasonal farmworkers, government officials and medical personnel. Footballers, however, did not make the list of professionals that are exempt from the self-isolation rules.

And it is expected that those clubs’ hopes for competing for the European titles are on the brink of a massive set-back with UEFA potentially being forced into making a tough decision about the Red Devils’ future.

Manchester United would have to go outside England to complete their away ties when Europa League resumes. Should the government stick to their plans, there would be only two options for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

They will either have to play all their home games outside England in a neutral venue or have to withdraw their name from the completion. Unfortunately playing outside England would be an unfeasible proposition if the Premier League resumes, which means the Red Devils might be forced to withdraw unless government guidelines change.

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