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Official: Liverpool to face Manchester United on Thursday, May 13th

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The Reds’ derby match scheduled for Sunday had been postponed due to United fan protests.

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Following Sunday’s protests by Manchester United fans against the club’s current owners the Glazers that forced the postponement of the derby match against Liverpool that had been set to take place at Old Trafford, we now have news of the rearranged date.

The game is now set for Thursday, May 13th with an 8:15PM BST/3:15PM EST kickoff. Along with that date, Liverpool’s game against Burnley—previously lacking a confirmed date and time—has been set for Wednesday, May 13th19th, also with an 8:15PM BST/3:15PM EST kickoff.

Games against Southampton this Saturday, against West Bromwich Albion on May 16th, and the final game of the season at Anfield against Crystal Palace on the 23rd with as many as 10,000 fans expected in attendance, are set to go ahead as previously scheduled.

For United, making room for the match required moving their game against Leicester City to Tuesday, May 11th, and means they will play three games in five days—starting against Aston Villa on the 9th, then Leicester on the 11th, and finally Liverpool on the 13th.

Having managed to stop one of the biggest games on the English football calendar being played as scheduled, there seems a distinct possibility United fans will try to disrupt the rescheduled match, and improved security is expected to ensure it goes ahead.