Sheffield United progressing to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup means they now have two Premier League games postponed.
Their trip to Aston Villa was due to be played last weekend, but that was not possible because of Villa’s involvement in the Carabao Cup final.
The Blades beating Reading 2-1 on Tuesday night has also caused problems. The sixth round is due to be played on the weekend of March 20 to 23.
That Sunday, Chris Wilder’s men were scheduled to travel to Manchester United. As a result, that game has also had to be postponed.
When could postponed Sheffield United games be played?
The other fixture that was called off last weekend due to the Carabao Cup final was Manchester City v Arsenal. That has now been rescheduled for March 11.
Birmingham Live speculated that the Blades’ visit to Villa Park could be arranged for the same time. Yet with no announcement having been forthcoming, that looks unlikely.
It now seems certain that the match will instead be played during a midweek in April. With neither newly promoted club having European commitments, it makes rearrangement easier.
However, that is not the case when it comes to Man United. When the Blades’ trip to Old Trafford is rearranged will depend on their involvement in the Europa League.
If the Red Devils beat LASK in the last-16 then the quarters will be played over two legs during the first two midweeks after the next international break – April 9 and 16. Their only free midweek would be beginning April 20, which would almost certainly have to be when Wilder’s side visit Manchester.
Man United are also still in the FA Cup as well, so their progression in that competition will also affect things.
Not only that, but if the Blades progress to the semi-finals of the FA Cup then their league clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers – currently due to be played on April 19 – will also have to be postponed.