COVID-19 has forced many races to be postponed this season, but Manchester United’s meeting with Liverpool was canceled for a completely different reason.
Thousands of fans flocked to Old Trafford early in the game to protest against the club’s owners, the Glaser family, and things got so out of hand that the game could not be played safely.
Only a few weeks left in the season, there is not much free time to fit this game, but the Premier League will have to find a way to do it.
The simple answer to this is that the protests have escalated to such an extent that the authorities have decided that it is no longer safe for the players or anyone else involved in the game.
In addition to the obvious dangers associated with COVID-19, which come from thousands of strangers grouped together and touching everything inside and outside the stadium, there was also a danger of violence as clashes between supporters and police became quite ugly.
If you want to know why United fans protested at all, here is your answer.
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After United insisted on the glory of the Europa League, their end was a little hasty. In addition to this Liverpool game, there are four more internal links and a European semi-final to navigate, and no wonder the Quickly taken corner Origi-esque proportions, they will also be in the Europa League final on 26 May.
As you can see, there is a gap over the weekend of May 15, but that doesn’t work for Liverpool …
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Liverpool’s only focus is the Premier League, so they are a little more flexible, but it happens that they are reserved the only time United are available.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are scheduled to face West Brom on May 16, which means that there is no logical time for this match to be rescheduled. The big Peruvian Premier League players will have to be creative.
With United being busier than both teams, their schedule will have to take precedence here. They only have one free place on their calendar, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Premier League try to put this game on the weekend of May 15th.
However, for this to work, Liverpool’s game with West Brom will have to be moved to their vacancy on May 12. It may not be a popular solution for Buggy, who will be in the Emirates to face Arsenal three days earlier, but there aren’t many options.
Otherwise, the idea of re-including some matches in the middle could be considered to make both sides play three times a week in a Tuesday-Thursday-Sunday split, but given that players are already pressed to the physical its limits, this would hardly be ideal.