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Why does Sheffield United v Manchester United start at 8pm on Saturday? The Red Devils prepare for a tough test under the lights at Bramall Lane

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Manchester United will return from the international break with an unusual kick-off time against Sheffield United this weekend.

The Red Devils look to record back-to-back Premier League wins when they take on the Blades on Saturday night, live on talkSPORT.

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Manchester United face tough test under Sheffield lightsCredit: Getty

Erik ten Hag’s men were originally due to arrive at Bramall Lane on the Sunday after the October international matches.

But United’s trip to Sheffield has been brought forward a day and will now take place at 8pm this Saturday. Here’s why…

Why Sheffield United against Manchester United at 8 p.m.?

This match was postponed due to United’s Champions League commitments.

United were expected to make up half of Sky Sport’s Super Sunday offering when the broadcaster made its TV choices in August.

But in September the Champions League matches were announced and United were confirmed to host FC Copenhagen at Old Trafford on Tuesday October 24.

Premier League teams cannot play on Sunday and then the following Tuesday in Europe, so this match had to be postponed.

Sky Sports still hold the broadcast rights to the match and 8pm was the only slot available to host United.

TNT Sports fills the Saturday 12:30 p.m. kickoff slot, with most of the afternoon restricted by the 3 p.m. blackout rule.

Sky had already committed to showing Chelsea’s clash with Arsenal in its regular 5.30pm programme, which left 8pm the only time available for United to appear on TV.

It will be the second time this season that the Red Devils have played late on Saturday night, having beaten Burnley 1-0 last month.

Fernandes scored a superb goal in United's final 8 p.m. kick-off

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Fernandes scored a superb goal in United’s final 8 p.m. kick-offCredit: Getty

Sheffield United v Manchester United: talkSPORT coverage

talkSPORT will have live and exclusive coverage from Bramall Lane this weekend presented by Faye Carruthers.

The comment comes from Ian Danter and former Leeds Women’s striker Lucy Ward.

To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

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