Why is Man Utd vs Aston Villa not on TV? Why is match at same time as Chelsea vs Man City?

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Manchester United return to Premier League action today when they face Aston Villa at Old Trafford. The match is due to kick-off at 12.30pm but it won’t be available to watch live in the UK.

The game will not be shown by either BT Sport or Sky Sports. Instead, BT Sport will screen Manchester City’s trip to top-of-the-table Chelsea, which also kicks off at 12.30pm.

In fact, the reason United’s match will kick-off early has nothing to do with television selections at all.

The clash has been brought forward due to the fact that there is a music concert taking place at the Old Trafford cricket ground this afternoon.

The Courteeners are playing at Lancashire Cricket Club and Trafford Council’s Safety Advisory Group requested to move United’s clash, which had originally been scheduled for 3pm.

The request was supported by Greater Manchester Police and TfGM in order to avoid any logistical issues which may have occurred due to two large crowds forming in close proximity.

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“We regret any disruption that this may cause around our supporters’ plans for the day,” read a United statement when the kick-off change was announced earlier this month.

Man Utd’s encounter with Villa is the club’s second consecutive home match which has been snubbed by the broadcasters.

The Red Devils’ 4-1 victory over Newcastle United two weekends ago, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo score two goals on his second debut for the club, also failed to make the cut.

United fans will, however, be able to see their side in action next Saturday when they host Everton in another 12.30pm kick-off. That match will be screened live by BT Sport.


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and are third in the table behind Chelsea and Liverpool on goal difference.

The Norwegian has built a formidable squad at Old Trafford thanks to the additions of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Ronaldo this summer.

Man Utd began the season with a 5-1 humbling of Leeds United as Bruno Fernandes struck a hat-trick, before they battled to a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

United saw off Wolves 1-0 before the international break and were soon able to unleash Ronaldo after his arrival on transfer deadline day.

The Portugal international was instrumental in the victory against Newcastle and backed that performance up with another goal as his side defeated West Ham 2-1 last Sunday.

United did, however, exit the Carabao Cup at the hands of the Hammers on Wednesday evening – so Solskjaer will be looking for an instant response from his players today.

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