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Manchester United are optimistic of returning to training next month but have several contingency plans if the countrywide lockdown is extended, according to assistant coach Kieran McKenna.  (stock photo)

Manchester United are optimistic of returning to training next month but have several contingency plans if the countrywide lockdown is extended, according to assistant coach Kieran McKenna. (stock photo)

Manchester United are optimistic of returning to training next month but have several contingency plans if the countrywide lockdown is extended, according to assistant coach Kieran McKenna. (stock photo)

Manchester United are optimistic of returning to training next month but have several contingency plans if the countrywide lockdown is extended, according to assistant coach Kieran McKenna.

The coronavirus pandemic led to the indefinite suspension of the Premier League last month, just as United were starting to gain significant ground on the top four courtesy of an 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

Each United player has individual and group plans to adhere to during the lockdown, which will be next reviewed by the UK Government on May 7.

And United are working on the premise that they might be able to congregate if some restrictions are eased - although McKenna insists they have alternative strategies

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"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," McKenna said on the United app.

Schedule

"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."

If football does get given the green light to resume soon, McKenna believes finishing the league campaign should be the priority ahead of the FA Cup.

He said: "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."

Meanwhile, the absence has allowed the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford to get closer to full fitness.

Irish Independent