Manchester United’s postponed match against Liverpool has created a scheduling nightmare for the Premier League with the Red Devils having no free midweeks between now and the end of the season.
Sunday’s massive clash between the two teams was called off after large-scale protests against the Glazer family from United fans outside Old Trafford, with supporters managing to evade security and storm the pitch just hours before kick-off.
With United needing to play six matches – both in Europe and domestically – between now and the end of the Premier League season, fitting in the rearranged Liverpool game will be a big scheduling challenge.
When will Manchester United vs Liverpool be played following Sunday’s postponement?
Any hopes of a quickly rearranged match taking place this week are impossible due to United’s participation in the Europa League semi-finals.
The Red Devils beat Roma 6-2 in the first leg last week and now travel to the Italian capital on Thursday for the second leg, meaning the postponed clash with Liverpool cannot be played now despite the Merseysiders having a ‘free’ week.
United and Liverpool then both have Premier League matches this coming weekend; last season’s champions take on Southampton on Saturday and United travel to Aston Villa on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are also in action the following midweek, hosting Leicester City on Wednesday May 12, though again Liverpool have a free midweek before facing West Brom on Sunday May 16.
Both teams are in action in the penultimate round of fixtures, which are to be played in the midweek before the final weekend of games; United host Fulham while Liverpool are away to Burnley.
The two teams conclude the season on Sunday May 23, a date which is set in stone with all 20 Premier League sides required to kick-off at the same time.
That gives precious few windows for the Manchester United vs Liverpool game to be rescheduled, and it is likely that the two teams will be forced to play three matches in one week.
Man Utd and Liverpool’s remaining fixtures
Thursday May 6 – Roma vs Man Utd
Saturday May 8 – Liverpool vs Southampton
Sunday May 9 – Aston Villa vs Man Utd
Wednesday May 12 – Man Utd vs Leicester
Sunday May 16 – West Brom vs Liverpool
Wednesday May 19 – Burnley vs Liverpool
Wednesday May 19 – Man Utd vs Fulham
Sunday May 23 – Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Sunday May 23 – Wolves vs Man Utd
Wednesday May 26 – Europa League final
Tottenham were faced with that very scenario earlier in the season when they were playing both Europa League qualifiers and Carabao Cup ties in addition to their Premier League commitments at the start of the season – and, had they reached the latter stages of Europe, would have been required to do so again.
It is quite possible that United and Liverpool will play either two days before or two days after their penultimate Premier League fixture, with a Tuesday-Thursday split between games, before then playing the final match of the campaign on Sunday May 23.
Another option is for Liverpool to visit West Brom on Wednesday May 12 – four days earlier than currently planned – and then the clash with United can be played on Sunday May 16.
It is extremely unlikely that the Premier League will scrap usual protocol to allow the game to be played after the final day of the season, not least because United will in all likelihood be playing in the Europa League final on May 26, just three days after the league campaign ends.
So far, the only official communication regarding the postponement came yesterday, with the Premier League saying ‘the rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course’.
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