Why United are kicking off on Saturday night

Thursday 21 September 2023 12:01

Manchester United's next outing is Saturday's Premier League trip to Burnley.

The Turf Moor encounter kicks off at 20:00 BST and the evening slot is because of a rule change whereby teams involved in Wednesday night UEFA Champions League fixtures cannot now be pitched into action in the lunchtime start.

The extra time has allowed Erik ten Hag and his team to spend some more time in Germany and train in the area, following the 4-3 defeat to Bayern Munich in our Group A opener.

The Lancashire clash under the floodlights, against the newly promoted side managed by former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, is our first-ever league outing on TNT Sports.

The channel, formerly known as BT Sport, covered our European opener in Munich, with former Reds Rio Ferdinand, Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes offering their views on the match.

Hence, there is no 12:30 BST kick-off this Premier League weekend, with our game following the teatime fixture between Brentford and Everton.

Saturday's showing will also be notable as the first competitive wearing of our new adidas third strip, with the white shirts getting an airing.

Ten Hag's men are seeking a first away victory of the season and the manager will be holding his press conference on Friday, so check it out in the United App and on ManUtd.com at 13:30 BST.

We will have all the build-up to the contest with the Clarets, with our last meeting being the 2-0 win en route to Carabao Cup glory last December.