Man United’s friendly match with Preston is postponed due to suspected Covid outbreak at Red Devils camp

Manchester United’s friendly match with Preston has been postponed following a suspected Covid outbreak at the Red Devils’ camp… a day after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side faced Brentford at Old Trafford

  • Manchester United’s pre-season friendly with Preston has been postponed
  • The Red Devils reported a small number of positive Covid cases on Thursday
  • United played a friendly against Brentford at Old Trafford on Wednesday night
  • The club is waiting for PCR results after the positive lateral flow tests

Manchester United have been forced to postpone Saturday’s friendly against Preston North End after an outbreak of Covid.

Tests conducted after Wednesday’s friendly against Brentford revealed a small number of positive cases among players and staff.

The first lateral flow test alerted the club’s medical team to the outbreak, though the results of the more accurate and in-depth Polymerase Chain Reaction tests have yet to be collected.

Manchester United’s friendly match with Preston has been postponed after a number of positive Covid cases in the Red Devils’ camp

Players attended United’s training ground in Carrington on Thursday morning for their usual warm-down session after Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Brentford at Old Trafford, but were sent home early to self-isolate after tests began to indicate the virus was present.

United were scheduled to play against PNE on Saturday, but have now been forced to announce the cancellation due to fans in attendance.

Brentford’s game with West Ham could also be called into question if they run their own tests.

Tests at United's training base in Carrington showed positive results for players and staff

Tests at United’s training base in Carrington showed positive results for players and staff

A statement from United confirmed: “Maintaining Covid security is a priority for us. After routine testing of the first team training group today, we have identified a small number of suspected positive cases. This has resulted in these people being placed in isolation pending further testing.

“As a precautionary measure based on covid protocols, we have made the difficult decision that we will now be unable to play the friendly against Preston North End next Saturday.

“We deeply regret the disruption to Preston and the disappointment caused by fans. Manchester United fans who have bought tickets for the match will automatically receive their money back.

“At this stage, we do not expect any further disruption around our upcoming matches, but we will continue to follow Premier League protocols in this regard.”

Anthony Elanga and Matheus Pereira were on target when the Red Devils tied 2-2 with Brentford on Wednesday.

Elanga gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side the lead in the 12th minute before Shandon Baptiste equalized for the Bees.

Pereira restored United’s lead with a stunning volley shortly after half-time before a goal from Bryan Mbeumo in the 78th minute tied the visitors for a second time.

Matheus Pereira (pictured) and Anthony Elanga were both on target against the Bees

Matheus Pereira (pictured) and Anthony Elanga were both on target against the Bees

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