When rearranged Man Utd vs Liverpool match can be played amid schedule nightmare

Sunday’s Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool was postponed following huge protests from the home side’s fans against the Glazer’s ownership of the club.

With the teams unable to leave their hotels and travel to the stadium, coupled with fans gaining access to the Old Trafford pitch, the decision was made to call off the game.

The Premier League statement confirmed that ‘the rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course’.

However, with less than a month of the season remaining, rescheduling the fixture is likely to provide the authorities with a headache.

Manchester United fans gather outside Old Trafford in protest against the club’s Glazer ownership

As things stand, there is no midweek left in the season in which both Manchester United and Liverpool are currently free. Indeed, United are firmly on course to play in the Europa League final on Wednesday, May 26 – three days after the Premier League season concludes.

This week was not possible due to United’s trip to Rome on Thursday to play the second leg of their Europa League semi-final, while this weekend sees Liverpool take on Southampton on Saturday with United travelling to Aston Villa the following day.

On Wednesday 12 May, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side play Leicester – a fixture rescheduled due to the Foxes participation in the FA Cup – with Liverpool travelling to West Brom on Sunday 16 May.

There is a possibility that the Reds trip to the Hawthorns could be pushed forwards to the same midweek of United’s game against Leicester, thus freeing up the 16 May slot for the postponed Old Trafford clash.

The following midweek, both United and Liverpool have matches – against Fulham and Burnley respectively – before each side concludes the season on Sunday May 23 with matches against Wolves and Crystal Palace respectively.

With United having one foot in the Europa League final three days later, that would leave the following weekend – with the Champions League final scheduled for the Saturday – as a free time slot.

Aside from rearranging Liverpool’s trip to West Brom on Sunday, May 16, there does not appear to be any feasible dates that can fit in the rearranged game prior to the end of the campaign.

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