Aston Villa fans have hit out at the decision to move the kick-off time of their trip to Manchester United because of a pop concert.
The Premier League clash was due to kick-off at 3pm on Saturday, September 25, but has now been switched to 12.30pm.
A United statement read: “Our home match against Aston Villa on 25 September has been brought forward to a 12.30 BST kick-off, following a request from Trafford Council Safety Advisory Group to move the game due to the Courteeners concert at Lancashire Cricket Club, Emirates Old Trafford, on the same day.
“This request was supported by Greater Manchester Police and TfGM to avoid significant crowd, traffic and operational issues locally.
“We regret any disruption that this may cause around our supporters’ plans for the day.”
Villa fans wasted no time in giving their thoughts on social media and many hit out at the switch in kick-off time which has led to some to admit they now cannot make the game.
We had a look at what they had to say.
Vizzy: “Shocking for those that have booked tickets.”
Luke Marshall: “It is a bit short notice considering they knew before the season it would clash so why not move it to a Sunday.”
Richie B: “This is typical. They don’t care about supporters. Having said that, it is an even longer distance from London and the South East so it’s really the Manu supporters who are hit hardest.”
Miss AVFC: “Hate when they do this .. although it doesn’t affect me it’s just thoughtless and annoying.”
Pete: “Good notice chaps. Thanks @premierleague. All so a load of Man U fans in London can watch a 45-year-old Ronaldo.”
Sam the Villa fan: “Nice. Now I won’t be able to watch it…”
J Burty: “Absolute pants…..what sort of notice is that?! Even the ticket arrived today stating 3pm kick-off.”
Villa’s last trip to Old Trafford ended in a 2-1 defeat with Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes scoring for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.