By Joe Ellis

4th Nov, 2022 | 5:10pm

Leeds United v Manchester United in limbo as European schedule conflicts

Leeds United are running out of time to play their postponed game against Manchester United at Old Trafford, according to Dale Johnson.

The ESPN journalist shared via his personal Twitter account that due to the Red Devils’ failure to top their Europa League group, the two midweeks they were hoping to use for postponed matches are now not available.

Instead, Erik Ten Hag’s side will have to play two legs of a playoff game to get into the Europa League round of 16 which has left their home game with the Whites, and a trip to Crystal Palace, in limbo.

Theoretically, there are three vacant midweeks where the games could be played if Manchester United make it all the way in every competition but they are supposed to be reserved for cup replays should they be needed or already specified domestic cup catch-up games.

The original game was postponed in the wake of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s death and a subsequent lack of sufficient policing in Manchester for the day of the game.

Sacrifice

If this does end up being the case then Manchester United are just going to have to either play two games in one midweek or simply they would need to surrender the game entirely.

There is a very obvious hard stop on the domestic season in which all games have to be played before so they know the situation at hand already.

Perhaps it could have been pushed back a week or so with no international tournament to worry about over the summer but the decision has been made and it has to be stuck to.

Leeds have plenty of time to get this game done though so give them a time and a date and they will be there regardless of if the opposition is or not.

In a season where Jesse Marsch has found it tough to pick up three points, a freebie from the club’s cross-Pennine rivals would go a long way in the Premier League table.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites could get themselves a big sell-on fee payout soon as interest in one player rockets through the roof.