In a season that has already seen matches postponed or cancelled due to positive COVID-19 tests before kickoff, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has questioned the Premier League’s decision to pause the season as a way to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Tuesday saw the highest number of positive COVID-19 tests yet in a week with 18, amidst England battling with rising numbers of the virus as well as a new strain that has been making headlines, shortly after the country received its first shipment of vaccine doses.
The news also follows the last minute postponement of Manchester City’s game with Everton due to a COVID-19 outbreak at Etihad Stadium. Wednesday’s match between Tottenham and Fulham is in jeopardy as well at this point.
West Brom head coach Sam Allardyce is taking the Premier League’s side on this decision though as he has called for tighter restrictions and a temporary halt to the season. Solskjaer insists the Premier League bubble is working and that pausing the season would not provide much benefit to the players and managers who have been following the protocols thus far.