Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has questioned the ‘benefit’ of a proposed two-week circuit break in the Premier League season in a bid to combat rising coronavirus cases.
The latest round of Premier League testing provided the highest number of positive cases of the campaign to date with 18 amongst players and staff, whilst yesterday’s total of 53,135 new cases was the largest recorded figure in the UK since the start of the pandemic.
Everton’s clash with Manchester City became the second Premier League fixture of the season to be postponed on Monday following a number of confirmed cases within the City camp, whilst Tottenham’s home clash with Fulham this evening is in danger of being cancelled following an outbreak of Covid-19 amongst the visitors.
However, Sheffield United’s game with Burnley went ahead as planned despite the Blades confirming ‘a number of positive coronavirus tests’ in the latest round of testing.
According to the Telegraph, the Premier League are considering the possibility of a two-week break in the season amid fears over the rising cases across the country, with West Brom manager Sam Allardyce having given his backing to the circuit break proposal.
Manchester United manager Solskjaer has questioned the idea, however, and believes a break in the campaign will only add further congestion to an already packed fixture schedule.
“It’s not something I’ve thought about a lot. I think our players have been really good in following protocols and rules,” Solskjaer said following United’s 1-0 win over Wolves.
“That’s part of the job here, that we as clubs follow the protocols given. I can’t see the benefit in having a circuit break, whatever it’s going to be called.
“Because when are we going to play the games? We all know this year is so difficult, but I don’t think stopping the games is going to make a big, big change.”