Man Utd facing nightmare fixture pile-up in January after Burnley rearrangement

Manchester United are facing the prospect of potentially playing as many as nine matches in January after the date for their rearranged game against Burnley was confirmed.

The Red Devils were due to face the Clarets at Turf Moor on the opening day of the Premier League season.

However, this was postponed due to their progress to the Europa League semi-finals last season, which ran through August.

The Burnley fixture has now been confirmed to take place on Tuesday 12 January at 8.15pm by the Premier League.

And it means United's squad may be stretched to the limits as they play at least twice a week until February.

This is because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are still involved in Carabao Cup action, with their semi-final against rivals Manchester City going ahead on Wednesday January 6.

They are also in FA Cup 3rd Round action three days after that when they host Championship side Watford.

And if they progress they will be due to play the next round before the end of the month.

Those games, along with the six Premier League matches in the calendar, means Solskjaer may be left with no choice but to heavily rotate his squad in the coming weeks.

City, meanwhile, are in a similar situation due to their opening day fixture against Aston Villa also being postponed due to their progression in last season's Champions League.

That game has now been rescheduled to Wednesday January 20 at 8.15pm, and they will also play nine times in the month if they beat Birmingham in the FA Cup.

And at some point before the end of the season their game against Everton – which was postponed on Monday due to a coronavirus outbreak in the City squad – must also be squeezed in.

United are next in action when they take on Villa on New Year's Day, while City play Chelsea on January 3.

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