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Norwood on normality of contact training

30 May 2020

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Ollie Norwood believes the return of Premier League football feels like it's getting ever closer as Club's were allowed to reintroduce contact training into schedules earlier this week.

Squads in the top-flight were given the green light to train as a group and engage in tackling on Wednesday and the experienced midfielder believes there is now an air of normality to United's graft at Shirecliffe.

He commented: "It was nice to play football again, it was like we were kids in the playground with everyone chasing the ball.
"But there are still boundaries on not being able to go into dressing rooms, showering and speak to each other away from the training pitch.

"It's still a bit strange, but it's nice to be out there, feeling a little bit normal and getting back into football again. You can't beat being out there in the fresh air playing football and doing what we all love.

"Last week still felt strange coming in and not being allowed within six feet of people and you're running up and down lanes, it's not really football, but it's protocol and it was certainly adhered to.

"Now we've started the five-a-side games and are moving on to the bigger scenarios. You get fitter with those shorter and sharper sessions. We're really looking forward to getting going properly now."

Norwood says the testing of Premier League players has to be strict and frequent for the good of all those connected with each individual.

He added: "Twice each week you go through the (Covid-19) test, it's not the most comfortable thing but it's about ten seconds, and as players, we have a responsibility to carry on living as if we are in lockdown because if you contract the virus, you could miss two weeks to a month, so it's important you don't put yourself in that position.

"If you are unfortunate enough that you do pick it up, there's a responsibility from us to protect ourselves, our team-mates and families.

"We've all got families, girlfriends, wives, children and vulnerable family members who we want to protect and with us going to work there's a responsibility on us to behave in a certain manner."

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