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We're doing all we can, says Ben

5 June 2020

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Ben Osborn says the players will 'do all we can' to be ready for when the Premier League resumes later this month.

United's clash at Aston Villa is scheduled to be the first game back following a prolonged absence because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the 25-year-old says preparations have stepped up since the return date was confirmed by the authorities.

Osborn commented: "That was weird to get your head around especially (training without a return date) when you see a lot in the media, and you are thinking is it even going to go ahead. You've just got to adapt and get on with it as footballers, try not to think too much about what's going on, what's being said and just try to get yourself in a place where if it does come back you're ready because you don't want any regrets.

"It has been a massive help as soon as the date was confirmed and watching the Bundesliga, their first set of games went well and now they're well into their remaining games. As soon as the date was set, it has definitely given us a bit more focus.

"It's not too far away either. We've got to commit ourselves to it in the next couple of weeks, prepare properly and do all we can. With us being the first game, it gives us an extra boost too because most eyes of the nation will be on us, so it's exciting."

And the former Nottingham Forest man is optimistic the Blades can pick up from where they left off, as they were six games unbeaten in all competition prior to the enforced suspension.

Osborn added: "I can't speak for other clubs but in lockdown we were keeping really fit, we had tough schedules to stick to and as soon as clubs were allowed back in the training ground, we were back in.

"Personally, I don't know why the more professional clubs should be punished and have to delay it even longer for just doing what professional footballers should do, just getting themselves ready for a game and keeping fit. I don't think there's anything wrong with the timescale, we are raring to go back, the earlier, the better.

"It might take a game or two to get back to the heights before the break. We've seen that in Germany, the first week of games lacked a bit of intensity, but the last few that I've watched seemed back to normal, obviously without the fans, but a real high standard.

"There's no fitness like game fitness, everyone is going to be in the same boat, but I would doubt any professional footballer has gone home over this lockdown and ballooned two stone."

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