Man Utd, Man City exempt from first weekend of Premier League: Report

Manchester United and Manchester City will not compete in the opening weekend of the 2020-21 Premier League season following their European commitments this past season.

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Manchester United and Manchester City will play their opening games a week after the Premier League season begins.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United and Manchester City will not be required to compete in the opening weekend of the 2020-21 Premier League campaign following their European commitments this past season, as per a report in the Times newspaper.

Man City's season came to an end on August 15 with a 3-1 defeat by Lyon in the Champions League quarterfinals, while Man United's season concluded following its Europa League semifinal loss to Sevilla a day later.

The Premier League season is set to begin on September 12 and with teams requiring at least a 30-day break before their first match, City and United will likely play their opening game the following week, the report said.

However, Wolverhampton Wanderers, which was knocked out of the Europa League by Sevilla on August 11 -- 32 days before the start of the new season -- will be required to play on the opening weekend.

City ended the 2019-20 season in second place, 15 points ahead of third-placed United.

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