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Ollie raring to return to action

29 May 2020

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Ollie Norwood says 'we've got to be ready to go' when asked for his initial reaction to the confirmation the Premier League will restart next month.

The Blades will play Aston Villa behind closed on Wednesday 17th June, on the night that top-fight action will recommence for the first time since football in England was suspended in mid-March because Covid-19.

And like many of United persuasion, the popular midfielder is more than happy with the news that broke on Thursday afternoon.

Norwood remarked: "I'm delighted now we know when we'll be restarting. There's a lot to play for and we want to finish the season strongly.

"There's been a pandemic and we're not stupid enough to think that football is more important than anything else, but it's been a long eleven weeks during the lockdown. When the announcement came yesterday, we were all delighted and buzzing to get back going again.

"I think we were the last Club to stop training when the pandemic begun. After a week we were thinking are we going to get a nudge in two or three weeks, but it was much longer."

The former Northern Ireland international added: "We've been doing all the sessions we've being told to and the end goal was that football would return. I was always confident about that, it was just a matter of when it was safe to do so and being guided by the Government and the Premier League. When the opportunity comes (against Villa), we've got to be ready to go.

"We didn't want the season to be ended and we wanted to earn what we can achieve, we didn't want anything given to us, we've never been one to moan about the situation and as a group we've been positive about our stance on it.

"When it's safe to do so and guided by the Government and Premier League, we were always happy to go back to work."

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