The much delayed third Manchester derby of this season will take place on a Thursday night, according to both Simon Mullock of the Mirror and Mark Ogden of ESPN FC.
Manchester derby between United and City set for a THURSDAY night https://t.co/cEcUC4jM7v
— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) March 18, 2017
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) March 18, 2017
This comes after doubts about when the return fixture of City’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford would be played, with both teams having busy fixture schedules towards the end of the season. United remain in the Europa League, while City are in the FA Cup semi-finals.
And the Etihad will host a most rare Thursday night derby on April 27 with a likely kick-off time of 19:45.
United have become quite familiar with playing on a Thursday night, but this is a rarity for City in recent years.
The Manchester derby will take place four days after City’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Arsenal and is also scheduled just two days before City are due to visit Middlesbrough in the league, although ESPN claims this fixture could be rescheduled for 24 hours later, giving the Blues a more reasonable recovery period.