Man Utd will start their Premier League season at home against Crystal Palace on 19 September
Last updated: 31/08/20 10:52 am
Harry Maguire will receive extra time from Manchester United following his arrest and subsequent court case in Greece this month.
Members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad not serving with the national team are expected to return to Carrington for pre-season training on Wednesday.
But it’s clear that the United captain may not connect with his teammates until the weekend at the earliest.
United and Manchester City have both received an extra week from the Premier League due to their involvement in the later stages of the Europa League and Champions League respectively.
Maguire was due to meet the English team over the weekend ahead of the Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark, but was knocked out of the team by Gareth Southgate.
Maguire’s legal term has successfully appealed against the 21 month suspended prison sentence originally issued by the court, a full retrial will be held at a later date although it may take up to two years for his appeal to be heard due to a backlog of legal cases in Greece.
Maguire’s conviction ‘no longer recognized in law’
Explaining Maguire’s appeal process, lead lawyer Paula Rhone-Adrien told the PA news agency: “Yes, the proceedings have been overturned, but that simply means that the sentence is no longer recognized by law.
“Maguire will have the opportunity to argue why the court was wrong in finding him guilty. Everyone has the right to appeal a decision made against them.”
This, “in essence,” means that Maguire is innocent unless the appeal hearing finds him guilty.
Ms. Rhone-Adrien said: “This is a full retrial and she will also be able to add new evidence if necessary.”