Ralf Rangnick's first game: Why isn’t Manchester United v Crystal Palace live on TV?

Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge of Manchester United is against Crystal Palace but it has not been selected for television coverage by Sky Sports or BT Sport.

Why isn’t Man Utd v Crystal Palace live on TV?

Sky and BT make their selections for televised matches ahead of time.

The televised matches for December were announced on October 24.

At that point, United v Palace looked like a standard, run-of-the-mill fixture, coming at the end of a run of huge games.

That said, Sky Sports did show United’s 3-1 defeat at home to Palace on the opening day of last season.

The broadcasters weren’t to know at that stage that the match would be the backdrop to Rangnick’s arrival to Old Trafford.

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When is Man United v Palace?

United v Palace will take place on Sunday 5th December 2021.

The game has been moved to Sunday because United were in action on Thursday night against Arsenal.

What time does Man United v Palace kick-off?

The game will kick off at 2pm.

There are two other Premier League games kicking off at the same time; Leeds v Brentford and Tottenham v Norwich.

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United v Palace highlights

Sky Sports usually put highlights from the day’s Premier League action up on their YouTube channel shortly after full time.

Alternatively, extended highlights will be on Match of the Day 2 on BBC1 at 10.30pm on Sunday night.

United v Palace: Our prediction

Palace are missing Joachim Andersen and James McCarthur and those are two huge misses.

The atmosphere at Old Trafford should be buzzing for Rangnick’s maiden match in charge and this is a very winnable game.

Palace have had recent success at Old Trafford by sitting deep and countering. That is something Rangnick needs to be wary of.

But let’s get a little excited and predict a comfortable win to mark the start of the Rangnick era.

Our prediction: United 3-0 Palace

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.