MANCHESTER UNITED'S players received a late Christmas present as their postponed game against Burnley was scheduled BEFORE they face Liverpool at Anfield in January.
Old Trafford stars were reportedly keen to play the game in the week running up to their trip to Liverpool and have been granted their wish by the Premier League.
The Red Devils have roared into title contention with 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five Premier League games.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side sit second and are just three points behind leaders Liverpool, but crucially have a game in hand on Jurgen Klopp's men.
And the Manchester Evening News reports support for playing the fixture against the Clarets in January before the game against Liverpool had grown.
On Thursday, the Prem confirmed the fixture will be held on Tuesday, January 12 at 8.15pm.
The majority of Solskjaer's squad are likely to be delighted at the news afterpreferring to travel to Turf Moor in midweek in order to face Liverpool having played the same number of matches.
They will now play Burnley on the Tuesday before arriving on Merseyside five days later for a Super Sunday showdown.
And members of the side are believed to see it as as an opportunity to put the pressure on the Prem's reigning champs after they drew back-to-back games with West Brom and Newcastle.
Both United and Sean Dyche's side have FA Cup ties the weekend before.
RESCHEDULED PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES
Two fixtures postponed from Round 1 of the Premier League have been rescheduled.
Burnley vs Manchester United to be played on Tuesday, January 12 at 8.15pm on Sky Sports
Manchester City vs Aston Villa to be played on Wednesday, January 20 at 8.15pm on BT Sport
Clubs were handed a free midweek in place of the winter break due to the truncated nature of the 2020-21 season.
But the game will now take place in their allotted free space after Old Trafford chiefs heard back from the Premier League.
The match was initially scheduled for the opening weekend in September but was postponed due to United's run to the Europa League semi-finals in August.
With United making the Carabao Cup semi-finals and their Champions League fixtures filling up the recent calendar it had been difficult to reschedule the clash.
The game would likely have been pushed as far back as April if the January date selected had not been possible.
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