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Manchester United's next game confirmed as Premier League fixtures cancelled following death of Queen Elizabeth II

Cain Smith

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Manchester United's next game confirmed as Premier League fixtures cancelled following death of Queen Elizabeth II

Manchester United have confirmed that their Europa League clash against Sheriff Tiraspol will go ahead as scheduled on Thursday just hours after it was announced that the next round of Premier League fixtures will be postponed due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

The 96-year-old died peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon, a Buckingham Palace statement read:

"The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

"The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow (Friday)."

The unfortunate news came shortly before United's first European outing of the season against Real Sociedad.

However, the game went ahead and Old Trafford had a minute's silence in memory of the Queen. Black armbands were also worn by the players on the night.

Since then, the Premier League have confirmed that Matchday 7 fixtures have been postponed 'as a mark of respect' to Her Majesty, who reigned for 70 years.

Erik ten Hag's men were supposed to face Crystal Palace, but that battle will be played out later in the season now.

Whilst the league fixtures will not take place, confirmation from the club has surfaced that the Reds will play again in the Europa League this coming week.

A Manchester United statement read: "Following discussions with the relevant governing bodies and in line with guidance issued by the UK Government, we can confirm our UEFA Europa League fixture against FC Sheriff will take place as scheduled on Thursday evening in Moldova.

"Match arrangements will remain the same for fans who are traveling to support the team in Chisinau."

After a 1-0 loss against Sociedad on Thursday, Ten Hag's men will feel this game is a must-win as they aim to top their group in the competition.

Although it seems that European competition will not be affected by the upsetting news, another round of Premier League fixtures could be.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday afternoon that there are 'major concerns' about football fixtures potentially not taking place next weekend.

This is due to the likelihood of police being redeployed en-masse to London ahead of the Queen's funeral, which is expected take place on Monday 19 September.

United could have another postponement, as they're set to face Leeds United on that weekend.

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If this decision does go ahead, we wouldn't see the Reds in action again until October, with an international break towards the end of this month.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Europa League

Cain Smith
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