Manchester United Reportedly Want to Move Start Time of Liverpool European Tie

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterFebruary 27, 2016

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Manchester United are hoping to move the time slot of their UEFA Europa League clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford, report the Daily Mirror.

The second leg is due to be a 6 p.m. kick-off (GMT) on Thursday, March 17.

Update, March 3, 2016

Manchester United's attempt to change the start time was successful, as the club confirmed on social media:

The second leg of #mufc's @EuropaLeague tie v Liverpool at Old Trafford on Thurs 17 March will now kick off at the later time of 20:05 GMT.

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 3, 2016

Per the report:

United feel the early kick-off is unfair on their fans, in terms of enabling them to make it to the game, and have contacted UEFA to request it be pushed back to 8pm.

The game at Anfield kicks off at 8.05pm on March 10 and United feel it is only fair their fans have parity with those of their fiercest rivals in terms of getting to the match.

Typically, a Europa League clash features one leg at the 6 p.m. kick-off time and the other with an 8:05 p.m. start.

The report added that the prestige of the tie means it may well suit UEFA and the broadcasters to make the switch as well.

Security could be a problem, however—the March 17 date means there will be crowds in Manchester celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

The teams met in the Capital One Cup at Old Trafford in September 2013—on that occasion, the report noted that there were some disturbances, including smoke bombs, during the game.

[Daily Mirror]