Manchester United's second Premier League fixture of the season against Manchester City, originally scheduled for March 2, is set to be moved due to the latter club's involvement in the Capital One Cup final.
The Red Devils' official Twitter account broke the news:
Due to City's involvement in the Capital One Cup final on 2 Mar, the scheduled league game vs the Blues will now move. Date to be confirmed.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2014
Of course, the local rivalry may be set to resume on that weekend, albeit at Wembley. United will meet City in the Capital One Cup final if they manage to overturn a 2-1 deficit during the semi-final second-leg clash with Sunderland on Jan. 22.
Although many consider David Moyes' team to be out of the Premier League title race, the distant league fixture against City could have a huge say in where the trophy ends up this year.
Will Manchester United reach the Capital One Cup final?
With both sides involved in Europe, scheduling issues could dictate that the revised fixture gets played right at the end of the season. City may find themselves needing to beat United to win the title, while Moyes' men may need victory to secure Champions League football by that stage.
Manuel Pellegrini's side are currently one point behind Arsenal at the top of the division. The Chilean has watched on as City continue to waltz through opponents, a run that has seen them win their last seven league games, per WhoScored.com.
The terrifyingly offensive side, which currently boasts Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo in top form, are also the quickest team to have scored 100 goals in a single season, per BBC Sport.
Pellegrini's title-chasers have already met United once this season. A 4-1 Etihad victory signalled what was to follow on Sept. 22, as United's campaign has been defined by sluggish, sloppy play, while City's rampancy threatens to land a haul of silverware.
City secured their place in the Capital One Cup final with a 9-0 aggregate win over West Ham. Despite drumming up a 6-0 advantage during the first leg, Pellegrini delivered a strong starting XI during the recent second clash at the Boleyn Ground.
The one-sided scoreline broke another record, per OptaJoe:
9 - Man City's 9-0 two-leg win against West Ham is the biggest-ever aggregate margin of victory in a League Cup semi-final. Attack— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 21, 2014
Both Aguero and Negredo started and, unsurprisingly, both scored. Negredo grabbed a brace—including a powerful individual run for his second—to continue awe-inspiring form that has seen City barely notice the recent absence of Aguero.
Although United have been less emphatic throughout the season, a turnaround against Sunderland will give the club a major boost. United last captured the trophy in 2010, while City's cabinet has been devoid of the prize since 1976.
While many United fans have resigned themselves to a disappointing year, beating their local rivals in the Capital One Cup final would certainly be totted up as a major success.