Man United Vs Brentford Postponed Due To COVID-19 Outbreak
Manchester United’s English Premier League match at Brentford was postponed Tuesday after a Covid-19 outbreak closed the Old Trafford club’s training facility.
The decision comes after United became the latest top-flight team to be hit by a coronavirus outbreak, which forced the closure of their Carrington training complex.
The Premier League reported 42 new Covid-19 cases on Monday — a record since testing figures started being released in May 2020.
Ralf Rangnick’s squad had not travelled to London.
Aston Villa and Brighton also revealed positive tests on Monday as the virus threatened to wreak havoc on the midweek fixture list.
“Manchester United can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brentford FC, on Tuesday 14 December at 19:30, has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course,” a United statement said.
“Following PCR confirmation of positive LFT Covid-19 tests among the first-team staff and players, the outbreak requires ongoing surveillance.
“A decision was taken to close first-team operations at the Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours to help minimise risk of further infection, and individuals who tested positive are isolating in line with Premier League protocols.
“Given cancellation of training and disruption to the squad, and with the health of players and staff the priority, the Club requested the match to be rearranged.
“The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors.
“Manchester United regrets the inconvenience caused to Brentford FC and to the fans of both clubs by Covid-19.”
It was reported positive lateral flow tests were returned by a small group of United players and staff on Sunday, with those individuals sent home before the training session began.