Wolves vs Man Utd kick off time: WHY is FA Cup tie on SO LATE on a Saturday?

Wolves vs Man Utd kick off time: WHY is FA Cup tie on SO LATE on a Saturday?

But the big frustration for fans of both clubs is the ludicrous scheduling of the match.

The game at Molineux does not get underway until 7.55pm.

And for a Saturday, the kick-off time is far from practical as the cup showdown eats into supporters’ weekend evening.

The FA has this weekend allocated for England’s biggest cup competition.

And the dates initially available for fixtures to be slotted into were pencilled in for Friday, March 15 until Monday, March 18.

Next week’s international break ruled out any possibility of a quarter-final match being held back until Monday, though.

Meanwhile, no tie was put on Friday despite the availability, with Manchester United having beaten Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates on Friday January 25 in the fourth round.

The confusion surrounding the unpopular kick-off time tonight, as a result, comes as:

Wolves vs Man Utd

TV scheduling is partly responsible for Wolves vs Man Utd kicking off at 7.55pm on a Saturday (Pic: GETTY)

“The reasons behind this include scheduling conflicts with the Premier League”

It means all eight of the remaining teams in the FA Cup are playing on either Saturday or Sunday.

There are three of the games today, with Watford hosting Crystal Palace at 12.15pm on BT Sport before Swansea welcome Manchester City to the Liberty Stadium at 5.20pm, also on BT Sport.

Millwall’s clash with Brighton is the only FA Cup tie tomorrow at 2pm on BBC One.

But instead of also slotting in on Sunday at a more common time of around lunchtime or 4pm, Manchester United take on Wolves tonight.

It is believed the reasons behind this include scheduling conflicts with the Premier League.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United are not used to playing so late on a Saturday night (Pic: GETTY)

Due to the Saturday 3pm blackout, no FA Cup games could be selected for TV then, and no ties could overlap.

In the Premier League today, only three games are on – all at 3pm – as four others have been postponed due to cup clashes.

It meant the early Saturday evening slot was free for Swansea vs Man City, and with lunchtime handed to Watford vs Palace, only Saturday night was available today for TV purposes.

Tomorrow, though, title-chasing Liverpool go to Fulham in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports at 2.15pm, while United’s top-four rivals Chelsea head to Everton afterwards at 4.30pm.

With Wolves vs United being the standout tie of the round, BBC Sport had priority and chose that game for coverage, and they would not want another match competing with theirs for viewing.

Many football fans may have chosen Everton vs Chelsea at 4.30pm tomorrow ahead of a Sunday afternoon FA Cup tie between Wolves and United.

Instead, travelling supporters and those watching at home are being forced to keep tabs on their teams large this evening, with extra time a possibility too if they draw, which would extend the night further until as late as around 10.30pm.

All ties have to be settled this weekend as there are no replays in quarter-finals anymore.

Come the semi-finals, there will be one match on Saturday April 6 and the other on Sunday April 7, with BBC and BT Sport getting one game each.

The kick-off times for those ties will likely be at more standard weekend slots, though.

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