Manchester United will see a sense of normality during their matchday when they face off against rivals Man City on Sunday, thanks to the relaxation of COVID rules.
The changes now see players returning to their normal dressing rooms, being able to walk out together and more access for media to the pre-match, post-match and in-person press conferences.
Following Project Restart and its requirements to curb the spreading of the Coronavirus, extra measures were in place such as green, amber, red and purple zones in stadiums with Burnley and Everton’s respective stadiums forced to erect temporary dressing room facilities.
This news shows a major step forward towards normality returning to top-flight football in the country but clubs will still continue COVID testing their players and staff on a regular basis upon entry to their training grounds in order to remain in the “bubble.”
That won’t be the only change this weekend as the Premier League announced on Thursday that clubs will wear yellow and blue armbands to show solidarity to Ukraine – after it was invaded by Vladimir Putin’s Russia last week.
The latest instalment of the Manchester derby could have a severe impact on both the Premier League title race and the battle for the top four as Pep Guardiola’s side look to extend their lead at the top whilst United eye strengthening their hold of fourth place with West Ham, Arsenal and Spurs trailing.