Leeds United trip to Manchester United off along with Chelsea v Liverpool clash
The Premier League trip to Old Trafford for Leeds United will be postponed along with the meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool, Matt Lawton reports.
With the Queen’s funeral being held on Monday 19 September a number of games from the day before were under threat due to concerns over policing and travel arrangements.
It has now been decided that despite the football calendar being reopened after this weekend’s blanket postponement that the Whites’ clash with old rivals Manchester United won’t be played.
Times journalist Lawton wrote on Twitter Monday evening (12 September): “Am told United v Leeds as well as Chelsea v Liverpool will be off this Sunday”.
With the international break the following week that means that Jesse Marsch’s side won’t be back in action until 2 October against Aston Villa.
Despite not being held in London the issue for the United game is deemed to be the fact that it would require extra policing since it is a category A fixture, according to the Daily Star’s Jeremy Cross.
The recent developments will undoubtedly cause disruption further into the season when the delayed games have to be rescheduled.
But for now there is little the club can do about it and they simply have to roll with the punches while trying to find a positive to it.
That their last meeting was a dispiriting thrashing away to Brentford could be seen either way, with plenty of time now for the manager to address issues on the training pitch but also a very long time before an opportunity to get that defeat out everyone’s minds.
On the injury front however it has to be a positive, as the likes of Rodrigo, Junior Firpo and Rasmus Kristensen should now be fit before the next game.
With the Spaniard proving to be a star of the early weeks of the season his return would be a major boost after a dislocated shoulder stalled his goalscoring form.
The defence was in disarray in the previous match so the longer lay off should give Marsch and his coaching staff longer to drill them, as well as making any decisions on personnel, with Liam Cooper a prime candidate to return to the line up.
In other Leeds United news, one senior player’s decision on leaving the club has received international backing on Monday.