Manchester United are fuming at the possibility of losing part of the inaugural Premier League winter break on account of an FA Cup fixture pile-up.
United fought shoulder to shoulder with the rest of the Premier League’s big clubs to establish a mid-season break in the first two weeks of February.
But the postponement last night of the FA Cup third round replay between Tranmere and Watford has presented a massive headache for schedulers and potentially a bigger one for United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men face Wolves in their third round replay at Old Trafford tonight with the winners facing the winners of the Tranmere Watford replay.
That replay is most likely be scheduled for Thursday, January 23, two days after Watford face Villa in the league with the fourth round on Sunday.
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Yet should United be taken to another replay that would need to be played on February 4-5 which would eat in to United’s mid-season break.
Solskjaer revealed they have already had to scrap plans to hold their mid-season training camp in Qatar on security advice.
The United boss revealed the club had intended to travel to Doha when the Premier League takes its inaugural winter break early next month.
But with tensions escalating in the middle east, the trip – believed to be to a sports complex in the Qatari capital – has been deemed too much of a risk.
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The Norwegian was also asked for an update on the possible transfer of Bruno Fernandes, but he stuck with his policy of not talking about players from other teams.
“I’ve got no transfer updates, so no,” said Solskjaer.
“If we get something that we can tell you about we will, but I’ve got no news now.”