Man Utd player ratings: Paul Pogba pulls the strings but Scott McTominay struggles in crucial win over Aston Villa — The US Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED moved level with Liverpool thanks to a 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Friday. Goals from Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes held off pressure from the visitors at Old Trafford to seal all three points. AP:Associated PressBruno Fernandes’ penalty for Man Utd sealed a 2-1 win over Aston Villa[/caption] And the result has…

Man Utd player ratings: Paul Pogba pulls the strings but Scott McTominay struggles in crucial win over Aston Villa — The US Sun

Everton request ‘full disclosure’ over Man City coronavirus postponement after 2,000 fans were left gutted at late call — The US Sun

EVERTON have requested ‘full disclosure’ of the information Manchester City provided to the Premier League after their match was postponed due to Covid-19 cases. The two sides were due to meet at Goodison Park on Monday night but a late postponement just four hours before the 8pm kick-off left the 2,000 fans scheduled to attend…

Everton request ‘full disclosure’ over Man City coronavirus postponement after 2,000 fans were left gutted at late call — The US Sun

English Premier League Football to Restart on June 17 — Variety

The English Premier League football season is set to restart on 17 June, three months after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first games to be played will be Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal. A full fixture set of fixtures will then be played on the weekend…

English Premier League Football to Restart on June 17 — Variety

The English Premier League football season is set to restart on 17 June, three months after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first games to be played will be Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal.

A full fixture set of fixtures will then be played on the weekend of June 19-21, with the games taking place behind closed doors.

It is likely that all the future matches taking place will be televised in the U.K. by rights holders SkyBT Sport and Amazon.

Clubs are reportedly still discussing the idea at a meeting on Thursday, but it is understood all have agreed in principle at this stage.

On Wednesday, clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training, having started non-contact training last week.

Premier League players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week. Any players or staff to test positive must self-isolate for a period of seven days.

Liverpool currently sit 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table while Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places.

Premier League Star Sergio Aguero: Most Players ‘Scared’ To Return To Action — NESN.com

If Sergio Aguero is correct, the Premier League must overcome a significant psychological hurdle. The Manchester City star claimed Thursday a “majority of players” are “scared” to return to action following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Having suspended play March 13, the Premier League hopes to resume its 2019-20 season but also awaits notice…

Premier League Star Sergio Aguero: Most Players ‘Scared’ To Return To Action — NESN.com

English Premier League clubs and players at war. Both are losing — New York Times.

Premier League Clubs and Players Are at War. Both Are Losing.
By Rory Smith and Tariq Panja
 April 9, 2020
For three weeks, the world’s richest soccer league has been consumed by a debate over whether players, or clubs, should bear the cost of the coronavirus crisis. It has turned so toxic the schism may be hard to heal.

LONDON — By Saturday afternoon, after three weeks of impasse, after hearing their morals questioned by politicians and witnessing their clubs start to line up for government bailouts, the players of the Premier League decided to take matters into their own hands.

The captains of the league’s 20 clubs, as well as many of its managers and several executives, dialed into a videoconference meeting with the aim of establishing a collective position on a subject that has threatened to turn the English public against English soccer at a time of national crisis.

Somehow, as the country’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has started to mount, the issue of whether the stars of the Premier League — the richest domestic soccer tournament on the planet and one of Britain’s proudest cultural exports — should take a pay cut has moved front and center.

How soccer — which was placed on indefinite hiatus in England on March 13 — has found itself cast as one of the villains of the crisis speaks volumes not only about the political reality of the game in England but also of the singular role it plays in the national psyche.

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Premier League Clubs and Players Are at War. Both Are Losing.