The Manchester United vs Leeds Premier League fixture was postponed along with several other games, following the death of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, which sent the nation into mourning. 

This has caused an issue with scheduling, and i Sport reported that UEFA, the governing body of the Champions League, is set to allow the United vs Leeds PL fixture to take place on the same day as a Champions League round. Normally, top European leagues are unable to schedule matches on UCL nights. 

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UEFA is reportedly considering allowing matches to be scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, to ease the pressure on English sides who already have a jam-packed schedule, which will only get harder as the international break nears, ahead of the World Cup in Qatar, in late November. 

Even as the PL resumes, there are still some security issues since the police force will be largely unavailable ahead of the queen’s funeral on Monday. A statement from the league reads “Premier League fixtures will resume this weekend after a pause to the season as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Seven of the 10 Premier League fixtures this weekend will be played, with three matches postponed due to events surrounding The Queen’s funeral. In addition, kick-off times will change for two Premier League matches. Matches postponed on Sunday 18 September are Chelsea ’s matches against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester United ’s home match v Leeds United. Brighton & Hove Albion’s fixture against Crystal Palace, that was due to be played at 15:00 BST on Saturday 17 September, will also remain postponed.” 

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The Liverpool vs Chelsea clash and United vs Leeds remain postponed because the games are defined as “Category A”. 

What are Category A games?

These represent the highest-risk fixtures when it comes to the number of away supporters, and consequent police presence needed to control the crowds. 

The PL noted in its statement, “Following extensive consultation with clubs, police, local Safety Advisory Groups and other relevant authorities, there was no other option but to postpone the three fixtures.” 

As per the league fixtures, United go up against City next in what will be a highly anticipated Manchester derby, on October 2.