Manchester United morning headlines as Lingard sends strong message and Ercolani signs new deal
Here are the Manchester United morning headlines on Friday, May 29.by Simon Yaffe
Kick-off times confirmed
Top-flight football will resume on Wednesday, June 17.
The Premier League confirmed the provisional return date, starting with Manchester City v Arsenal and Sheffield United v Aston Villa.
That will be followed by the first full matchweek, where 10 games will be split across the weekend, with games on Friday and Monday night, along with four each on Saturday and Sunday.
All matches will be televised live in the UK and, as a result, will have staggered fixture times to ensure there are no clashes.
Evening matches on Friday and Monday will be set at 20:00, with Saturday’s four matches set at 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 and 20:00. On Sundays, matches will kick-off at 12:00, 14:00, 16:30 and 19:00.
Some midweek matches will be required to complete the remaining matches and they will be spread to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with kick-off times at 18:00 and 20:00.
The FA gave provisional dates for the return of the FA Cup on Friday morning.
Lingard is feeling refreshed ahead of season resumption
Jesse Lingard is hoping for a fresh start when the Premier League resumes on June 17.
The United forward has not enjoyed a great season and has only managed to score or assist against lower league opposition Rochdale and Tranmere Rovers, and in Europe against Astana and Club Brugge.
But he is now feeling refreshed and is hoping to come back stronger for the rest of the campaign.
Lingard told Adidas Home Team’s Huddle : “You know I wanted to go back in fitter, sharper than last season to play every game. I’ve kind of forgot about last season we move forward and even though the season’s not finished, I feel like it’s another little fresh start.
“I have the right attitude, I have the right desire, I have the right hunger to win games to play for United to obviously win trophies which is one of the most important things.”
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Italian defender signs new United deal
Youngster Luca Ercolani will stay at Old Trafford until at least June next year after United triggered the option to extend his contract.
The centre-back, who joined the club from Italian side Forli in early 2016, has impressed with United at Under-21 level.
Ercolani, 20, has missed most of the Premier League 2 season with injury, but follows in the footsteps of teammate Max Taylor in committing his future to the club.