Manchester United face the prospect of making up to nine appearances in January after the date of their revamped fixture against Burnley is confirmed.
The Red Devils were due to face the Clarets at Turf Moor on the opening day of the Premier League season.
However, this was postponed due to their progress to the Europa League semi-finals last season, which ran until August.
Burnley’s game has now been confirmed to take place on Tuesday January 12 at 8:15 p.m. by the Premier League.
And that means the United squad can be stretched to their limits as they play at least twice a week until February.
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Indeed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still involved in Carabao Cup action, with their semi-final against rivals Manchester City on Wednesday 6 January.
They are also in FA Cup 3rd round action three days later, when they host the Championship team Watford.
And if they progress, they will have to play the next round before the end of the month.
These games, along with the six Premier League fixtures on the schedule, mean Solskjaer may have no choice but to turn his squad around strongly in the weeks to come.
City, meanwhile, find themselves in a similar situation due to the postponement of their opener against Aston Villa due to their Champions League progression last season.
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That game has now been postponed to Wednesday January 20 at 8:15 p.m., and they will also play nine times in the month if they beat Birmingham in the FA Cup.
And at some point before the end of the season, their match against Everton – which was postponed on Monday due to a coronavirus outbreak in the City squad – also needs to be pressed.
United are next in action when they face Villa on New Years Day, while City play Chelsea on January 3.