A mess of Manchester United fans’ own making? Not quite.
Blame the bad security at Old Trafford and sub-standard policing, which failed to prepare for a protest publicised well in advance.
A revised fixture list has been submitted by the Premier League and it means United will face three games in five days.
And that’s after this week’s Europa League away game in Italy.
There were no easy ways to slot in the remaining games, but surely there was a better way than this?
- Roma (A) May 6
- Aston Villa (A) May 9
- Leicester (H) May 11
- Liverpool (H) May 13
- Fulham (H) May 18
- Wolves (A) May 23
- Europa League final (?) May 26
It felt like the Premier League have gone out of their way to avoid United versus Liverpool being played on a weekend, instead shunting it to a Thursday night.
The players now bear the brunt, having to play a series of tough fixtures in a short turn-around time, with little to no time for recovery.
Fortunately United have a big squad, largely free of injuries at the moment. Anthony Martial is even closing in on a return.
United fans want it to stay this way, and there will have to be plenty of juggling ahead of the games to ensure everybody is in top condition.
Donny van de Beek and a handful of other fringe players should get the game time they have been crying out for.
If United can secure a win over Aston Villa on Sunday, then the pressure for results on the next two will decrease. Top four may even be guaranteed with a victory.
There may be more protests on the horizon too, to further complicate matters.
Here is a look at how United supporters have reacted to the updated fixture list, with it even being suggested the perenially injured Phil Jones will have to dust himself off…
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