Why has Manchester United vs AC Milan got a bizarre kick off time?
After a positive pre-season so far, Manchester United will be hoping to end the summer with six wins out of six when they take on Italian giants AC Milan in Cardiff on Saturday, but they’ll be doing so at a slightly weird time.
Football games in England tend to kick-off either on the hour, or at half-past or quarter-to. A nice round number. Yet United’s final game in the International Champions Cup gets under way at the bizarrely specific time at 5:36pm.
The rest of the games in the friendly tournament, which has been competed in USA, Singapore and across Europe, have all had the unusual kick-off time of 6 minutes.
While no official reason for this has been revealed, it’s thought that the extra time is in order to have the extravagant ceremonies before the game.
As the fixture against Milan will be one of the closing games it may even be taken up a notch.
United are in contention to win the tournament after winning their first two games against Inter and Tottenham, but will need to win by at least three goals to do so.
Portuguese side Benfica are currently at the top of the table having won all three of their games, should United win by three goals then their goal difference will be level.
The championship would then be decided on head-to-head record with a common opponent, Benfica beat Milan 1-0 so United winning by a bigger margin would mean they take home the trophy.
Winning by four or more goals would avoid the confusion and make United clear winners.