The Manchester derby had to be postponed last month after United qualified for the EFL Cup final where a Zlatan Ibrahimovic double earned them the trophy.
With the Reds’ extensive commitments in Europe, a date to play the game had been hard to find. Today, however, it’s been announced that the game will be played on Thursday April 27th. It going ahead on that date means that, should United go all to the way to the Europa League final, they’d have 8 consecutive weeks with a midweek game.
It also means that Jose Mourinho’s side will likely have to travel to Southampton on 16/17 May to play a game moved due to FA Cup commitments earlier this month. There’s been no official confirmation of that as yet.
The derby will be more-or-less be a must-win game for City while United can’t afford to come away with anything less than a point. A repeat of last year’s narrow win thanks to a brilliant Marcus Rashford strike would be a massive step towards Champions League qualification.
April is now shaping up as a season-defining month for Pep Guardiola’s team with trips to Arsenal (twice), Chelsea, Southampton and a home clash with a resilient Hull side all on the horizon.
The Manchester derby has been moved to 8pm on Thursday, April 27th.
Thursday evening. pic.twitter.com/AXhOJs0j0q
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 20, 2017
1994 – The last time the Manchester derby was played on a Thursday, @ManUtd beat Manchester City 5-0 in November 1994. Rout.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 20, 2017
Derby is played on a Thursday night against city first one in 23 years
We always win on a Thursday night 💪🏼
— Mufc Legendary (@mufcLegendary) March 20, 2017
CONFIRMED: Manchester Derby will be played on Thursday 27th April
Plays right into United's hands, playing on a Thursday night
— BlueMoonRisingTV (@BMRisingTV) March 20, 2017
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena