Some Manchester United players want their postponed Premier League game against Burnley to take place before they face Liverpool.
United have been playing catch-up all season after having their opening match of the campaign rescheduled due to the late finish to last season.
Their Europa League commitments in August meant they were afforded an extra week’s rest, with the Burnley fixture yet to have been given a new date by the Premier League.
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The Manchester Evening News claim that ‘there is a growing desire’ in the dressing room to have the Burnley trip slotted into the available midweek before taking on Liverpool on January 17.
The Premier League allocated a free midweek to each club in January because of the inability to schedule a two-week winter break, meaning Burnley and Manchester United could play their match on January 12 or 13 as their respective FA Cup third-round ties are the prior week.
‘A dressing room source says United players sense an opportunity to exert pressure on Liverpool and are prepared to forego midweek rest so they can arrive at Anfield having played the same number of league fixtures,’ the exclusive reads.
There is a fear that the Burnley game would have to be played as late as April if a date is not pencilled in soon, as Manchester United will enter the Europa League from February onwards.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer discussed the meeting with the Clarets as recently as mid-December, mistakenly assuming Burnley had a game in the free week commencing January 11.
“I haven’t had a date or a time now because obviously we’re in the Carabao Cup,” he noted.
“We’re still in the Europa League and the first free midweek we’ve got – hopefully we could be in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup – the free week we’ve got after that, Burnley have a midweek game that week, so it could be a long while yet.
“For us, the quicker we can get the game in hand against Burnley played the better so that the league table looks as it should be.”