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Why is Manchester United vs Man City kicking off an hour early? Huge derby moved to unique slot

A huge Manchester derby awaits this weekend but it has been scheduled for an unusual kick-off time. 

Man United will host bitter rivals Man City on Sunday with the game set to get underway at 3:30pm.  

The Manchester derby will kick off at a strange time


The Manchester derby will kick off at a strange timeCredit: Getty

This is a very unique situation, with Sunday’s later Premier League match usually getting started at 4:30pm. 

So how come the derby has been moved to this new time? takes a look…

Why is Man United vs Man City kicking off an hour early? 

The derby is kicking off an hour earlier than usual due to an agreement between the clubs. 

After the fixture was moved to the new date and time of Sunday, October 29 at 3:30pm, United released a statement on their club website. 

It read: “The unusual start time was agreed following consultation between the clubs, the broadcaster and local authorities.”

So no specific reason was given for the new kick-off time apart from the fact that the relative parties agreed to a change. 

The Manchester derby will be broadcast live on Sky Sports while talkSPORT will provide you with all the latest this weekend. will also be running a live blog of all the action. 

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There is no official reason as to why the game has been moved


There is no official reason as to why the game has been movedCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

It will be a huge afternoon for both Manchester sides with City needing a result to keep up with fellow title challengers Tottenham and Arsenal. 

United have struggled from the off this season and sit in eighth but they will be hoping for a crucial derby day win to help boost their rise up the table. 

Along with United vs City being moved, West Ham vs Everton has also been scheduled for an hour earlier. 

They’ll kick off their game at 1pm on Sunday afternoon, with the early game on that day usually set for a 2pm start.

Fans should also bare in mind that UK clocks will go back by an hour at 2am on Sunday morning.

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