By Joe Ellis

16th Sep, 2022 | 3:10pm

Leeds United could face Manchester United during Champions League as UEFA stance relaxes

Leeds United could see their game against Manchester United rescheduled for a Champions League night, according to i News.

UEFA currently have a rule that states no top division league football can be played when the Champions League or Europa League are being played in midweek to ensure maximised television audiences.

But Europe’s football governing body are now thought to be open to relaxing that rule after unprecedented postponements of games caused by the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The winter World Cup in Qatar has squeezed even more pressure on games to go ahead if at all possible and there are already limited weeks where the game can be shoehorned into the schedule.

The trip to Old Trafford will have to come after the World Cup anyway with four more European midweeks in which the Red Devils are involved, the League Cup third round and already planned Premier League games.

Any way

At this point, it does not matter how or when this game is arranged for as long as it happens because there is so little time for it to be fitted in at any stage.

If Erik Ten Hag’s side fails to win their group in the Europa League, it will be an even longer wait as two more European midweeks would be taken away due to the playoff round in either that or the Conference League (if they finish third).

Only if they win or finish last in their group will those midweeks become available so Leeds United are in a weird position where they need Manchester United to win to help ease problems.

Jesse Marsch’s Whites will have been rather keen to get to Old Trafford and give the old rivals the best they’ve got after both sides enjoyed a reasonable start to the season.

It is now a complete waiting game for those at Elland Road but they will be ready to go whenever that rescheduled game may be.

In other Leeds United news, Victor Orta has got to offer this 23-year-old a new deal with his current contract less than two years away from expiring.