Manchester United’s clash against fierce rivals Leeds United has been postponed in the wake of The Queen’s death.
It’s the second consecutive top-flight Red Devils game that has been called off.
As a result of this Sunday’s postponement, Erik ten Hag’s next Premier League game will see him face the reigning champions Manchester City.
The twenty-time league champions travel to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, 2 October.
The Manchester derby will be United’s first Premier League game in four weeks following the conclusion of the last international break before this winter’s World Cup.
Our last Premier League encounter saw us oust Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford on 4 September.
However, the Leeds postponement means that Scott McTominay can’t be suspended vs City.
Leeds postponement means Scott McTominay can’t be suspended vs City
Despite the big-money arrival of five-time Champions League winner Casemiro, the former Ajax manager has kept the Scotland international in his starting line-up ahead of the Brazilian serial winner.
After coming on at half-time in the chastening 4-0 humiliation at Brentford, United’s number 39 has started the last four Premier League games which have brought four straight wins.
However, if Sunday’s highly-charged against the Whites was set to go ahead, Ten Hag would have been left with a decision to make on McTominay.
The 25-year-old has already accumulated four bookings this season and a fifth in the Pennines derby would have ruled him out of the clash against Pep Guardiola’s side due to a one-match suspension.
The academy graduate has only been booked once in four meetings against Leeds, but with him being an all-action, combative and aggressive midfielder, he would have likely been walking a tightrope against Jesse Marsch’s side, in a game that would have likely been played at a frantic pace.
McTominay has produced some of his best performances in a Manchester United shirt against City, and the 34-time Scotland international won’t be suspended for the heavyweight clash come 2 October following the Premier League’s decision to postpone this Sunday’s clash.