Manchester United have this afternoon provided an altogether positive update on the situation, after being forced to call off the club’s scheduled meeting with Preston North End this weekend.
‘Small number of cases’
The headline news at Old Trafford on Thursday of course came in the form of a suspected outbreak of Covid-19 in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
After positive tests were returned on the part of first-team players and staff at the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea over the last couple of weeks, United looked set to join the ever-lengthening list of Premier League clubs to have seen their pre-season preparations interrupted by the pandemic.
In turn, on the back of ‘a small number of suspected positive cases’, those in a position of power on the red half of Manchester thought it best to pull out of the club’s planned friendly clash with Preston North End on Saturday:
‘Following routine testing of the first-team training group today (Thursday), we have identified a small number of suspected positive cases’, the Red Devils announced.
‘This has led to those people isolating, pending further tests.’
‘As a precautionary measure based on COVID protocols, we have taken the difficult decision that we will not now be able to play the friendly match against Preston North End this Saturday.’
As a precautionary measure based on COVID protocols, our pre-season friendly against Preston North End on Saturday has been cancelled.#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 29, 2021
‘No positive cases’
And, as outlined above, this afternoon, a fresh update on the situation has been forthcoming.
The news, though, is of an altogether more positive nature than had previously been expected.
In a further announcement released a short time ago, United confirmed that a 2nd round of Covid-19 testing has seen each and every member of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad return a negative result.
In a major boost for the Reds, the club’s stars will therefore be permitted to return to full training with immediate effect:
United statement: “After further testing we can confirm there are no positive cases within the first team group. Following consultation with the Premier League, they are satisfied all Covid protocols have been followed correctly and the squad can return to training immediately.”
— Mark Critchley (@mjcritchley) July 30, 2021
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