“A Premier League game rearranged because of a Courteeners gig?” sniffs Matt Dony. “What next? Put off the boxing because Scouting For Girls are in town? Interrupt the Ryder Cup so we can all enjoy an Editors show? Strewth.”
At least it won’t cost them the league title like that Rod Stewart gig in 1991.
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Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa Bruno Fernandes has missed an early chance at Old Trafford, walloping over from the edge of the area with his left foot.
“Today is a nice chance for both sets of fans to salute a great veteran with an unbreakable pro attitude: Ashley Young,” says Duncan Edwards. “I don’t know if he’ll pop up with a matchwinning contribution but have no doubt he’s still capable of inducing suicidal or homicidal thoughts with his protracted attempts to take a bloody throw in.”
Timo Werner starts at Stamford Bridge, where the European champions host the English champions. Follow that one with Will Unwin.
Both teams are as expected. Next!
Manchester United (4-2-3-1) de Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo.
Substitutes: Heaton, Dalot, Lindelof, Lingard, Matic, van de Beek, Cavani, Martial, Sancho.
Aston Villa (3-5-2) Martinez; Konsa, Mings, Hause; Cash, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey, Targett; Ings, Watkins.
Substitutes: Steer, Bogarde, A Young, Nakamba, Chukwuemeka, Buendia, Traore, El Ghazi, Archer.
Referee Mike Dean.
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Hello there. Another Saturday, another clockwatch. We’re starting early this week, a gift (sic) for which you can thank the Courteeners. They’re playing the other Old Trafford tonight, with the first support band due on at 5pm, so the match between Manchester United and Aston Villa has been moved to lunchtime. It’s one of six Premier League games we’ll be following, including the biggie between Chelsea and Manchester City. Will Unwin is your man for that and so much more.
It’s an important day at the bottom of the Premier League as well. Leeds, Burnley and Newcastle are looking for their first win, Norwich for their first point. And Leicester will hope to push things forward after their false start to the season.
Elsewhere, the champions of Scotland and Spain are in action, as are the resurgent AC Milan. They will go top of Serie A, for a few hours at least, if they win at Spezia.
These are today’s featured games, all 3pm BST kick-offs unless stated.
And you can keep abreast of all the scores across the UK and Europe by bookmarking this thing.
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