Manchester United host bitter rivals Leeds United at Old Trafford this midweek but why is the game is not being shown live on UK TV?

The match has not been selected for television coverage by Sky Sports or BT Sport.

Why isn’t Manchester United v Leeds live on TV in the UK?

This game has been hastily re-arranged to fit into a midweek slot reserved for potential FA Cup fourth round replays, but both clubs progressed without the need for one.

According to United’s official website, the original fixture was due to take place on Sunday 18 September but had to be moved due to policing commitments following The Queen’s death.

That game was not due to be televised and rearranged games must stick to the same broadcasting scheduling.

It was only moved to the Sunday because United played in the Europa League the previous Thursday, beating Sheriff 2-0.

Why is United v Leeds not on TV
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The televised Premier League matches for September were announced on July 5.

It is perhaps surprising that the game was not initially picked out to be televised as both meetings between the clubs were live on UK TV last season.

BT Sport showed United’s 5-1 thumping win on the opening day of last term, while Ralf Rangnick’s side won 4-2 at Elland Road live on Sky Sports last February.

Manchester United v Leeds: Team news

Casemiro will serve the first game of his three-game suspension here, which means Marcel Sabitzer may be handed his first start.

Erik ten Hag has already said at his pre-match press conference that Scott McTominay and Anthony Martial will be out of this one.

Antony is also out injured, so there will be at least two changes from the starting XI which beat Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Manchester United vs Leeds: Our prediction

It is tough to judge how Leeds will approach this game, having just sacked manager Jesse Marsch and putting a caretaker team of coaches in charge.

Among them will be Chris Armas, who worked at Old Trafford last season under Rangnick, and it remains to be seen how much insight into the Ten Hag regime he will be able to offer.

United won this fixture 6-2 and 5-1 when facing Marcelo Bielsa, but you would expect a makeshift team of caretakers to take a cautious approach.

This game means a huge amount to Leeds fans, who will not want their side to roll over despite being managerless, but we will go for a 3-1 United win.

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