Manchester United vs Leeds was once described as ‘English football’s most intense, and most inexplicable’ rivalry.
And neutrals will sit back and take in every sinew of the feud after the two clubs were pencilled in to play each other twice in the Premier League in less than a week next month.
United were due to welcome their West Yorkshire rivals to Old Trafford on September 18.
However, the game was one of three Premier League showdowns to be postponed due to a lack of police resources ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
The fixture has now been rearranged for Wednesday, February 8 providing neither team need a replay in their respective FA Cup fourth-round fixtures.
United face Championship side Reading at the end of the month, while Leeds take on Accrington Stanley.
And a decisive result in both of those cup ties would set up back-to-back matches in the Roses rivalry.
The reverse fixture between United and Leeds at Elland Road was always scheduled for Sunday, February 12, five days later.
In a statement, the Premier League said it was ‘giving supporters as much notice as possible by announcing this potential fixture date’ ahead of the FA Cup fourth-round ties.
The statement continued: “The League also acknowledges the unique circumstances of the teams playing each other twice in the same week, with Leeds United v Manchester United scheduled for Sunday 12 February.
“This is to avoid potential fixture congestion later in the season.”