By Keith Hackett

8th Nov, 2022 | 7:00am

Ex-Fifa official suggests solution to Man United 'problem' after confirmed news

Man United may have to play four games in nine days because of their failure to top their Europa League group.

That is the view of former Fifa and Premier League official Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the fixture pileup facing the Red Devils.

As confirmed by the club (7 November), the Red Devils will face Barcelona in a Europa League knockout round play-off.

The two legs will be played on Thursday 16 and Thursday 23 February.

As reported by ESPN journalist Dale Johnson (3 November), Man United are now scheduled to play on every weekend and midweek from January until 4 April.

Premier League fixtures against Crystal Palace and Leeds United still need to be rearranged.

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When asked by Football Insider how the situation could be solved, Hackett said: “What we are currently looking at is Saturday, midweek, Saturday, midweek.

“There is little to no space.

“What they are going to have to do is get three games into a week. It would impact the opposition but I think they are going to have to play Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday. That is the only way round it from what I can see.

“We have to recognise that they have got big squads. Therefore, I think they should be made to use the squad. The problem is, the Premier League is 20 teams. Ideally, it would be 18.”

In other news, a former Premier League referee has claimed Man United are set for an FA charge as controversial Cristiano Ronaldo footage emerges.