Why Manchester United vs Southampton isn’t on TV

Forget about watching Manchester United on TV in the UK this weekend. Neither BT Sport or Sky Sports will be broadcasting the match live.

While I would stress that Manchester United cannot underestimate Southampton on Sunday, there are few Premier League teams we would have picked to right the ship in the Premier League after last week’s 7-0 defeat against Liverpool.

The Saints head to Old Trafford this week and they already look like one of the sides that will be fighting to avoid the drop this season. They will be looking for a specular result to steer them away from the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, United are very much in control of their own destiny when it comes to qualifying for the Champions League by finishing in the top four. Erik ten Hag will still push his players to get back to winning ways in the league after last week’s shocking result and performance.

Sadly for fans of both clubs unable to attend the game, the game isn’t selected to be broadcast on any one of the Premier League’s three live UK broadcasters — Sky Sports, BT Sports or Amazon Prime, even though it’s a 2pm kick-off on Sunday.

The reason for that is the match is effectively being treated as a Saturday 3pm kick-off, as per The Mirror, with it only being moved to Sunday because United have a Europa League clash against Real Betis on Thursday.

This will only lead to more fans using IPTV or other online streaming services.

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