Matic pokes fun at Fernandes as Man Utd duo social distance while training

Nemanja Matic couldn't resist poking fun at his team-mate Bruno Fernandes during a Manchester United training session.

The pair practised social distancing while working out on exercise bikes on a balcony overlooking the club's Carrington training pitches.

Matic signed for Manchester United back in 2017, but prior to that spent three years in Portugal playing for Lisbon-based giants Benfica.

Fernandes, meanwhile, joined the Red Devils this January from Benfica's bitter rivals Sporting Lisbon.

Alluding to the rivalry between the two clubs, Matic jokingly announced on video while training next to Fernandes: "There's always a distance between Benfica and Sporting." The Portuguese responded by laughing at his team-mate.

Earlier this week Premier League clubs voted in favour of a return to full contact training ahead of the June 17 restart.

A Premier League statement said: "Premier League shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.

"Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.

"The Premier League's priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants.

"Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for Covid-19 twice a week.

"Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government.

"Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow."

Champions Manchester City play host to Arsenal on June 17, while relegation-threatened Aston Villa take on Sheffield United.

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