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showdown John Aldridge on the main reason why Man United v Liverpool will be re-scheduled


Fans let off flares as they protest outside Old Trafford (Barrington Coombs/PA)

Fans let off flares as they protest outside Old Trafford (Barrington Coombs/PA)

Fans let off flares as they protest outside Old Trafford (Barrington Coombs/PA)

Premier League rules stipulate that a club that is unable to play a fixture could be liable to forfeit the game, yet Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge does not expect that fate to befall Manchester United after protesting fans ensured last Sunday's game against Liverpool could not be played.

United fans protesting against the ownership of the club broke into Old Trafford and made efforts to block the teams leaving their hotels, with the match called off a little over an hour after it was due to kick-off.

According to the FA's rulebook in section 8.3.4, it states that United could be found to have been at fault for the match not going ahead due to their lack of security measures and see Liverpool awarded three points.

Yet Sunday World columnist Aldridge believes the magnitude of the fixture will ensure the authorities find a way to get it played this month.

"I can't see the FA awarding Liverpool the game because too many people will want to see this match," Aldo told us.

"If this was two of the bottom teams playing each other, then maybe they would say there is not enough time in the season to play it, but United v Liverpool is the biggest game in English football and I expect it to be re-arranged.

"The broadcasters pay big money for the big games and this will always be on the of most watched matched in a Premier League season.

"Manchester City and Chelsea may have bought their way into the big-time of European football, but Liverpool and United are the two biggest clubs in England and they have biggest global fan base by a mile.

"Even if there is not too much resting on the match by the time it is played, I can't see the Premier League cancelling one of their stand out fixtures and giving the points to Liverpool."

A Premier League statement issued following the postponement on Sunday also hinted that the game would be played, as it read: "Following the security breach at Old Trafford, the Manchester United vs. Liverpool game has been postponed.

"This is a collective decision from the police, both clubs, the Premier League and local authorities.

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"The security and safety of everyone at Old Trafford remains of paramount importance. We understand and respect the strength of feeling but condemn all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass, especially given the associated COVID-19 breaches.

"Fans have many channels by which to make their views known, but the actions of a minority seen today have no justification.

"We sympathise with the police and stewards who had to deal with a dangerous situation that should have no place in football.

"The rearrangement of the fixture will be communicated in due course."

There are suggestions that Liverpool may move their fixture against West Bromwich Albion to a midweek slot, creating space to play United the following weekend.

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