Why is Manchester City vs Manchester United Scheduled for a Thursday?

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola at Etihad Stadium, Manchester, February 21. Guardiola and Manchester United will meet in a rearranged fixture on April 27. Stu Forster/Getty

Manchester United and Manchester City will take the unusual step of playing an English Premier League game on a Thursday evening in April.

The Manchester derby between the two teams at Etihad Stadium has been rescheduled for Thursday April 27 at 8 p.m. on Sky Sports.

The game was originally scheduled for February 26, but that was the date of the EFL Cup final in which United beat Southampton 3-2.

Premier League midweek fixtures would normally take place on a Tuesday or Wednesday but Sky, which had the game originally as a television fixture, is also showing rearranged fixtures for Chelsea against Southampton on Tuesday April 25 and Arsenal against Leicester City on Wednesday April 26.

United manager Jose Mourinho complained about United’s fixture pileup following the UEFA Europa League victory against FC Rostov at Old Trafford last Thursday, and now faces a gap of just three days between the derby and a home fixture against Swansea City on April 30.