UEFA make decision on when Man United could play against Leeds

Manchester United have not been in Premier League action for nearly two weeks and another two weeks will pass before it’s time for their seventh game of the season.

United’s 3-1 win over Arsenal on September 4 was supposed to be followed by a trip to Crystal Palace the following week but the tragic passing of Queen Elizabeth II meant that all 10 fixtures were postponed that weekend.

United’s game against Leeds, planned for this Sunday, has also been postponed as the game was one of three meetings to be pushed back due to policing issues.

Amid the unprecedented fixture list, made even more hectic and difficult to manage by the mid-season World Cup in November and December, finding a date to reschedule these two games is difficult. Now, it has emerged that UEFA has made a decision in order to find a possible date.

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According to inews, UEFA are set to allow United’s postponed game against Leeds to be played on a Champions League matchday – something they have previously not accepted.

As per the report, UEFA are now open to relaxing their stance of not allowing domestic games to take place simultaneously with Champions League fixtures.

This season is already longer than normal, with the Premier League campaign kicking off a week earlier and ending a week later.

SN’s verdict…
Of course, it’s promising that governing bodies are working together to solve the scheduling nightmare caused by the World Cup but this could present another issue for United.

United are playing in the Europa League and have fixtures on Thursdays. Rescheduling these games to Tuesday nights would mean Erik ten Hag’s men have just 48 hours to prepare for their next game.

United have a big squad and unless there are too many injuries, Ten Hag should be able to rotate but scheduling fixtures 48 hours earlier increases the risk of injuries.

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