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UEFA reportedly plan for Europa League mini-tournament

Restart plans continue to roll out

Manchester United v Club Brugge - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

UEFA are reportedly planning a mini-tournament format for finishing both the Champions League and the Europa League in the month of August. UEFA was one of the driving forces in the push to complete the 2019/20 club season in order to 1. finalize qualifying in a fair way, and 2. crown that season’s European club champions.

The Europa League was mid-way through the round of 16, and Manchester United had dismantled LASK 5-0 in the away leg. It’s unclear how they would complete this stage fairly, but the plan is reportedly to pick up at the quarterfinal stage in both competitions. In order to do this the second legs of all Europa League fixtures and half of the Champions League fixtures would need to be settled.

Manchester United have high hopes in the Europa League this season after easily handling Club Brugge and LASK in back-to-back games. Some tough competition such as Ajax and Inter Milan remain in the knockout stage, but United have more than shown their quality in big games this season.

The Red Devils return to Premier League action on June 19, 2020 with a fully fit squad. Match fitness is another issue, but with Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, and Axel Tuanzebe back in the mix there is a lot of excitement about the team’s return to action. They’re still in play for the FA Cup and Europa League, and fans would love to cap a strange and stressful summer with some silverware.