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United currently only have one fixture-free weekend or midweek slot between Christmas and the end of the season, but two league games that need to be rearranged against Crystal Palace and Leeds.

It raises the possibility of Erik ten Hag’s squad having to play two midweek matches in one week at some point later in the congested fixture calendar.

United failing to score one extra goal in Spain against Real Sociedad leaves them second in their group, and now means they will be required to play two knockout games in the New Year against a team dropping out of the Champions League.

Those UEFA games are scheduled for February 14 and 28 – tying up two of United’s three available midweek fixture slots before April.

After the World Cup, Manchester United will play a midweek and weekend game every single week, except for ONE vacant midweek slot – on February 4.

But United have two postponed Premier League matches that need to played.

Sky Sports News understands there will be no quick decision taken by the Premier League when it comes to Manchester United’s fixtures because, were they to be knocked out in the early stages of the FA Cup, for example, more midweek slots may become available.

While the winter World Cup in Qatar has caused major issues to the domestic football calendar, this is not a new problem for the Premier League, which managed to stage all matches in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons, despite the unique challenges posed by the Covid pandemic.

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