Why are Man Utd playing Burnley at 8pm TONIGHT? | The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED face Burnley in later than usual kick-off time TONIGHT – and it could be an advantage for the Red Devils.

The Red Devils will be determined to bounce back from their midweek Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

And it meant that United have now suffered three consecutive losses in all competitions.

But Erik ten Hag's men will feel confident that they can turn things around against a Burnley side who are yet to win a Premier League match this season.

Furthermore, the 8pm kick-off time could also go in United's favour.

Why is Man Utd playing Burnley at 8pm?

Manchester United vs Burnley's kick-off time has been rescheduled for TNT Sports television purposes.

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The Premier League agreed last season that clubs playing in Europe on Wednesday nights will not play in the early weekend fixture.

And Sky Sports will be showing Brentford's encounter against Everton in their 5:30pm slot.

This means that TNT could only show United's trip to Turf Moor at 8pm as the Red Devils cannot play in the usual 12:30pm slot.

What has been said?

Andrew Georgiou, President of Sports at Discovery confirmed their agreement with the Premier League.

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Georgiou told the Times: “We are happy to have the 12.30 kick-off that we purchased as part of the package but the reality is the clubs and the league have agreed that if there is a club playing in the Champions League on a Wednesday night they cannot play in the 12.30pm Saturday kick-off.

“At 12.30pm on the Saturday, it’s perfect for us, it’s our time slot. Unfortunately the Premier League and the clubs have agreed that if that happens it can’t start at 12.30pm so we have to find another slot.

“I don’t think we can be asked to change our picks. What we have to do is find out the best time-slot to accommodate the club’s needs and our needs in terms of which matches we pick.

“I don’t think we should be expected to change our picks on the basis of who is playing on a Wednesday night.”

How can I watch Man Utd's match against Burnley?

  • Burnley vs Manchester United will be broadcast LIVE on TNT Sports 1
  • Coverage is expected to commence from 7pm BST – a whole hour before kick-off.
  • Fans can also stream the entire match live on BT.com
  • Alternatively, follow SunSport's blog for minute-by-minute coverage including pre-match and post-match reaction.

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