Manchester United will end their postponed Premier League fixture with Burnley on January 12 – just five days before they travel to fierce rivals and champions Liverpool.
The Red Devils were originally scheduled to face Sean Dyche’s side at Turf Moor on Matchday 1 of the 2020/21 Premier League season, but the game was postponed with United competing in the Europa League in August.
It has now been confirmed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will complete the postponed game on January 12, three days after their FA Cup fixture against Watford.
The rearrangement means United will have five days off before their trip on Liverpool on January 17, while their rivals Merseyside will get four more days off – their FA Cup commitments on January 8 their last game before United’s visit.
If Solskjaer’s and Jurgen Klopp’s side get the most points from their league games ahead of the Anfield clash, that will mean both sides are going into the game with level points, with United currently trailing the champions of the last season by three points, with a game in hand.
Although their performances are much maligned at certain points in the season, United find themselves second in the table with 30 points in 15 league games.
Solskjaer’s side are unbeaten in their previous nine league games, a run of results that saw them take victories over Everton, Wolves and a landslide 6-2 victory over Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.
However, ahead of the clash with Liverpool, they will now face a difficult trip to Turf Moor, as well as the New Years’ home clash with Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, Liverpool – who are battling for late form – travel to the south coast to face Southampton on January 4, then they no longer face further league commitments until the potentially life-threatening clash with United.