Manchester United fans will be celebrating a perfect start to the new Premier League season after defeating Aston Villa 1-0, but they’ll be the only ones who mildy enjoyed a glimpse into next season’s planned Friday night coverage of the top flight.
The fixture originally scheduled for Saturday teatime was moved to the unusual Friday-night slot due to police resourcing issues, but while this is to be a one-off occurrence this season, a new TV deal for 2016/17 means it will become a regular thing.
Although Louis van Gaal’s men moved to the top of the standings and level with Arsenal at 5/1 for the title, it was a snore-fest for viewers with only three shots on target registered in the whole match.
Here’s how twitter reacted to the match which was also jeopardised by fans struggling to get down to Villa Park thanks to a jam on the M6:
The night started with plenty of enthusiasm around social media
Friday night football starts tonight! https://t.co/axQ7IfL9ye
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) August 14, 2015
When you're on your way out and then realise there's Friday Night Football on… pic.twitter.com/qiRiOsnpAI
— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) August 14, 2015
But then the traffic problems started and became a theme for a congested match to come
The M6 may well tarnish some people's view of #FridayNightFootball.
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) August 14, 2015
This fan’s photo shows the nightmare that fans endured thanks to the motorway closure
— rob (@RobHarriman77) August 14, 2015
West Ham reject and twitter bigwig Joey Barton was not overly enthused either
Is it just me or does it feel strange watching Premier League football on a Friday night?
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 14, 2015
By the time the game reached half-time, Januzaj’s deflected goal aside, this tweet
from the boffins at WhoScored.com summed up Villa’s attacking threat
Gabriel Agbonlahor: Had fewer touches (4) than any other player in the first half of #AVLMUN
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 14, 2015
Things were not overly better for United and their out-of-sorts skipper
Wayne Rooney as a former Red Devils hero pointed out
Difficult night for Wazza playing up top on his own.. Service hasn't been great.. Needs more support!! #AVLMUN
— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) August 14, 2015
One the full-time whistle has mercifully blown, the likes of the Sun have their
say on proceedings
— Peter Brown (@SydneyEditor) August 15, 2015
This posting from Transfer Rumours captures a Telegraph headline which illustrates
perfectly the dullness of the game
Januzaj the only bright spark for dull United http://t.co/yXFvyPy8Ix
— Transfer Rumours (@trnsfrrmrs) August 14, 2015
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