The Premier League has apologised to Manchester United for scheduling their game against Crystal Palace in the middle of a busy period for Erik ten Hag’s side.
It looks like the Premier League made their arrangements without considering the fact Manchester United are still in four competitions this season after advancing to the FA Cup fourth-round after beating Everton 3-1 on Friday night.
Next up for United is a League Cup quarter-final clash against Charlton at Old Trafford.
Ten Hag will also be keeping an eye on next month’s Europa League two-legged tie against Barcelona, whilst United plan to secure their place in the Premier League’s top four.
As we approach a hectic month or so of fixtures, the Premier League has added another game to the jam-packed list, with an away trip to Crystal Palace scheduled for January 18. The game was originally due to be played in September, however, it had to be rearranged following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
This means United have four games in 12 days – Charlton, Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Arsenal – as Ten Hag looks to build momentum within the squad.
In a statement, the Premier League said: “The Palace v Man Utd match will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 8pm kick-off.
“The Premier League apologises for the late notice in confirming this fixture and understands supporters’ frustrations.
“While the League endeavours to give greater notice for rescheduling, the unique circumstances around these fixtures mean we were unable to.”
It’s far from ideal for the players and the fans.