Manchester United have been handed a huge favour by rivals Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola's FA Cup win saving the Red Devils from a summer of fixture chaos.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side finished sixth in the Premier League and would have faced a Europa League qualifier on July 25 and August 1, if City had lost to Watford at Wembley on Saturday.
But City cruised to a 6-0 victory with goals from David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus and a Raheem Sterling hat trick.
The early start to the season would have disrupted a preseason schedule that was already in place, including friendlies in Australia, Singapore, China and Cardiff.
But now United will go direct to the group-stage draw (the place reserved for the FA Cup winners, which City do not need).