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United haven’t played since early March (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester United assistant manager Kieran McKenna says the squad are planning on returning to first-team training in May, and expects games to be run on a ‘tight schedule’ when the football eventually returns.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a halt to all Premier League action since mid-March, with no concrete date for when the competition will resume.

Players have been given personalised training routines to complete within their own homes, but McKenna admits the Red Devils may be able to return to a form of regular training if the Government decide to scale back lockdown measures on May 7.

‘At the moment, we are working towards, touch wood, the lockdown loosening after the next deadline and being able to return to some sort of training,’ he said on the United app.

‘We are working to that schedule at the moment but, if we have to push back again, we have got a plan B and plan C already prepared.’

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In a meeting last Friday, Top-flight clubs reiterated their desire to finish the current campaign, which may result in a hectic schedule involving two or three games a week to complete the 92 remaining fixtures.

McKenna believes finishing the season is a priority, he added: ‘I think everyone is probably aware that the league has to take precedence in terms of if there was a limited timescale. That is something that has been discussed.

‘Obviously the FA Cup is important for the country and important for us as a club as well. The schedule is looking tight towards the end of the season. It seems the European competitions are really keen to start in August as well.

‘So that probably tightens the schedule a little bit.’

The countrywide lockdown has made regular training impossible, but McKenna believes conditioning won’t be a big area of concern.

He said: ‘They are maintaining a higher level of fitness and certainly training at a higher level than an off-season, so we don’t expect there to be too much of a drop-off in terms of fitness and general conditioning.

‘At the moment, we are working off the premise that we’ll have a short window of training, maybe three weeks or so, before we return.’

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