I don’t think there’s an official reason, but the reason I can think of which makes most sense is that the semi finals of the Carabao Cup take place next week, United obviously got knocked out at the last round but could have been playing next week. One would assume the fixtures have been too close. Still 8pm on a Friday is a random choice.
That's exactly the reason. As both City and United are at home, one couldn't play on the Saturday because they never do. Usually they'd move to Sunday but when the draw was made both teams were still in the League Cup, so Man U moved to Friday instead. Liverpool did that against Oldham a few seasons ago, Everton were at home as well so Liverpool played on the Friday, not on television.
Because of the timing clash? I don't think the BBC and BT picks have ever clashed have they?
And the match was being played on Friday because neither the Beeb or BT picked it.
Not sure that the BBC Wales coverage of Newport County vs Leeds is in HD, the graphics certainly seem to be upscaled. Always a little surprising that the away team's region, eg BBC Yorkshire, don't opt out to take this coverage.
Aside from the fact the English regions don't have that automony, if you were going to do that you may as well show it on the entire network. But they're not, so clearly it's only permitted to be shown on BBC Wales. I know you can still see it everywhere but the network don't shout about it.