Man Utd and Aston Villa forced into kick-off change because of Courteeners gig
Manchester United's clash with Aston Villa at Old Trafford later this month has been brought forward – because indie band The Courteeners are playing a gig nearby in the evening.
The Premier League fixture, which is scheduled to take place on September 25, has been moved to 12:30pm from 3:00pm to avoid crowd and traffic congestion in the local area.
The Courtneeners, who are fronted by Liam Fray, will then headline at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground a few hours after the conclusion of the match.
A club statement read: "Our home match against Aston Villa on 25 September has been brought forward to a 12.30 BST kick-off, following a request from Trafford Council Safety Advisory Group to move the game due to the Courteeners concert at Lancashire Cricket Club, Emirates Old Trafford, on the same day.
"This request was supported by Greater Manchester Police and TfGM to avoid significant crowd, traffic and operational issues locally.
"We regret any disruption that this may cause around our supporters’ plans for the day."
Even though the match has been brought forward, it is not expected to be shown on TV.
BT Sport have already selected Chelsea's clash with Manchester City in the 12:30pm slot on September 25.
It means more disappointment for United fans who are also unable to watch Cristiano Ronaldo's return this weekend.
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The match against Newcastle is subject to a broadcast blackout because of its 3pm kick-off, which was decided before the Portuguese forward's return to the club.
Despite pleas from some fans to amend the time, broadcasters opted not to inconvenience match-going supporters and have kept the fixture in its original slot.
Speaking ahead of his second debut for the Red Devils, Ronaldo admitted to being nervous but hopes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will start him from the off.
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He said: "Of course I will be nervous on Saturday, but of course I'm more mature, more experienced.
"I will be prepared, and I hope – I'm going to put pressure on Ole now, to be in the starting eleven! So I'm ready, I'm ready to go.
"The mentality of this club never changes.
"It's always to win, to make history and I'm here to help the team to make history again and put Manchester United where they deserve to be."
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