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EPL: Why Man Utd vs Man City will kick off 3.30pm

Sunday’s Manchester derby will kick off at 3.30pm, an hour earlier than originally scheduled.

It is a unique kick-off time as Premier League fixtures on Sunday usually kick off at 4.30pm.

Explaining the reason behind the alteration, United released a statement on Friday.

It read: “The derby with Manchester City will be staged towards the end of the month, with the Old Trafford encounter being moved to 29 October, kicking off at 3.30pm. The fixture, which we won 2-1 last season with Marcus Rashford netting a memorable winner, is to be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK.

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

The fixture was moved to October 29 and the start time was altered after discussions with various stakeholders.

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