Manchester City’s trip to Old Trafford to face neighbours Manchester United could be decisive in the title race – particularly as it is now poised to be played in April.
The next Manchester derby is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday 16 March, but should either side progress in the FA Cup next weekend, the fixture will have to be postponed.
City face League Two minnows Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round, while Manchester United face a nightmare fixture when they visit Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea. If both teams are knocked out, then the fixture will go ahead as scheduled in mid-March.
However, should City or United progress to the next stage of the FA Cup, then it is looking like the rescheduled Manchester derby will be held in early April.
Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror reports that Tuesday 2 April or Wednesday 3 April are probable dates for the latest chapter in the great Manchester City vs. Manchester United rivalry – just days before the FA Cup semi-finals, which either or both sides could be involved in.
Despite their fantastic form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over, Manchester United are unlikely to gain enough ground to challenge for the Premier League title now, but could have a major impact on whether it goes to the blue half of Manchester or to Merseyside, with the Red Devils still to host both City and Liverpool before the end of the season.