Bramall Lane is unlikely to be among the list of neutral venues being put forward by the Premier League for Project Restart, reports the Sheffield Star.
After announcing a slight easing on lockdown conditions, the government is asking 10 neutral stadiums to be named to host the remaining league fixtures.
There are 92 matches still to be played before the 2019/20 domestic league season is completed. A key vote is taking place today to outline the measures to host those.
The Premier League is keen for the campaign to be concluded, having been indefinitely suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Their plan is to resume playing on June 8. However, they need to work out all the details before then, with the use of neutral venues among them.
A majority of 14 of the 20 clubs in the top flight need to vote in favour today for plans to proceed. Apparently the bottom six sides are against the idea of neutral stadiums.
Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber has been publicly vocal in his criticism. Brighton have also confirmed one of their players tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday – as reported by BBC Sport. This is after two more of their squad tested positive earlier in the pandemic.
Which other neutral venues could the Blades play at?
The reason Bramall Lane is supposedly not being considered among the 10 neutral stadiums is because of its close proximity to Sheffield city centre.
Five of United’s remaining 10 fixtures were due to be played at home. Yet manager Chris Wilder has previously said the integrity of the division will be damaged if the games aren’t played. Wilder will presumably therefore accept the use of neutral venues.
So where could the Blades play?
According to the report, there are four likely stadiums for Wilder’s side. They are equally split between Manchester and the Midlands.
Both the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford – homes of Manchester City and Manchester United respectively – are on the list.
In Birmingham, Villa Park is an option. As is Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux Stadium.