Man Utd played Stoke City in the PL on Monday 15th January. If either Man Utd or Stoke had needed a FA Cup 3rd round replay, that Man Utd/Stoke game would have been brought forward to Saturday the 13th as the replays were scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday (16th & 17th).
Apparently, the Man Utd squad had a few days in Dubai between their 3rd round FA Cup game and that game at home to Stoke. That trip would have been cancelled if the Stoke game was brought forward.
If Aldridge has such a problem with such fixtures, why didn’t he raise it when it were other clubs suffering?
Looking ahead, moving a game involving Arsenal forward to a Saturday or Friday evening may not be an option if they’re playing Europa League on the Thursday night.