Why is Manchester United vs Leeds United not on TV in the UK? Manchester United welcome one of their oldest rivals on Wednesday, February 8 as managerless Leeds United travel to Old Trafford. With Erik ten Hag’s side on a 13-game home winning streak and their visitors — who sacked Jesse Marsch on Monday — hoping for a first win since early November, it guarantees to be an intriguing spectacle. However, those hoping to watch the game in the UK will be left disappointed. The vast majority of fixtures played outside of the 3pm blackout in the Premier League are broadcast on home shores, but not this one.
Here, The Athletic explains why. Premier League fixtures and results Premier League standings Why isn’t Manchester United vs Leeds being shown on TV? Essentially, because the match was not initially selected for television coverage. Sky, BT Sport or Amazon Prime would no doubt have been keen, but only games that are picked by the broadcasters originally can be shown.
As Manchester United are one of the sides competing in this season’s Europa League, there was an expectation that it would be moved to Sunday, September 18. That is exactly what happened as they were tasked with a trip to face Moldovan side Sheriff on the Thursday of that week. As a result, the visit of Leeds to Old Trafford was moved to the Sunday for a 2pm kick-off. The death of Queen Elizabeth II saw both of Manchester United’s following league fixtures postponed.
It might be a surprise that this game was omitted the selections in the first place; since Leeds returned to the Premier League, each of their matches against the old enemy from across the Pennines have been shown on television. You can find the explanation for how the broadcasters come to their decisions below. Why are Manchester United and Leeds United playing on Wednesday? This game is the only one being played on a weekday in the Premier League this week, with FA Cup replays also scheduled. The fixture was originally pencilled in for Saturday, September 17.