Why is the Manchester derby an unusual kick-off?

Thursday 26 October 2023 15:19

Manchester United will take on Manchester City on Sunday at the slightly unusual time of 15:30 GMT.

The derby clash at Old Trafford was pencilled for Sky Sports' regular Super Sunday slot, which is normally an hour later.

However, it will take place at the earlier time, following consultation between the clubs, the broadcaster and local authorities.

Match preview: United v Man City


Get the lowdown on both teams ahead of Sunday's big match at Old Trafford.

It is worth remembering that the clocks fall back by an hour in the UK, on that very morning, meaning BST (British Summer Time) becomes GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

Winter is approaching but there is no fixture like a Manchester derby to get warmed up for as the Reds strive to repeat last season's home win, courtesy of a brilliant comeback to triumph 2-1, with goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.

The 191st derby in our history, Sunday's match is gearing up to be an important day both on and off the pitch, with further tributes planned for the late, great Sir Bobby Charlton.

Erik ten Hag, as with last week's win at Sheffield United and Tuesday's victory against FC Copenhagen at Old Trafford, will no doubt hope his side can channel the emotion in the ground in a positive way to come away with three points.

But just remember, kick-off is 15:30 GMT!