MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Manchester United Manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer walks off at half-time  during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley FC at Old Trafford on January 22, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester United manager says that a Premier League circuit break to combat COVID-19 would lead to fixture congestion.

Solskjaer said he cannot see the benefit of the temporarily halting the Premier League in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The Premier League on Tuesday, confirmed 18 new positive COVID-19 tests in the week beginning December 21. This records the highest number of positive results in a single round of tests this season.

This eighteen positive cases surpassed the previous high of 16 recorded in the week commencing November 9.

Sam Allardyce, West Brom head coach has called for a circuit break – a tight set of restrictions designed to reverse the tide of the pandemic – but Solskjaer is unsure what benefit that would bring. 

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Sam Allardyce, Manager of West Bromwich Albion reacts during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa at The Hawthorns on December 20, 2020 in West Bromwich, England. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby - Pool/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lindsey Parnaby – Pool/Getty Images)

“As a club and as a group we’ve been really good at following the protocols,” Solskjaer said after United’s 1-0 win over Wolves on Tuesday.

“That’s part of the job. I can’t see the benefit in having a circuit break because when are we going to play the games?

“We all know this year is so difficult, but if you stop more games I don’t think that’s going to make a big change – it might be a longer one. When do we finish the season?”

Solskjaer also said it is too early to start talking about a title challenge.

“There’s no title race after 15 games,” he added. “You can lose the chance of being in a race in the first 10 games. But play another 15, get to 30, and then maybe we can start talking about a title race.”

Bruno Fernandes was once again important in United’s win, with his ball over the top leading to Rashford’s late strike. 

Since his Premier League debut in February, he has been directly involved in more goals in the Premier League than any other player (32 – 18 goals, 14 assists).

Solskjaer admitted it was not Fernandes’ most stellar performance but he was pleased his perseverance paid off. 

“He didn’t play his best game, definitely,” he said. “He’s played better games but he’s always in and around creating chances.

“Maybe he made more for them than he did for us today! But he’s got that knack of looking for that pass, and in the end it worked, ” Solskjaer concluded.


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