Following a coronavirus outbreak at Old Trafford, Manchester United have stated that their Premier League match against Brentford on Tuesday night has been postponed.
After numerous players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19, which was verified by a PCR test, the Red Devils announced on Monday that they had ‘closed down first-team operations’ at their Carrington Training Complex.
United have now stated that they requested a rescheduling of their match against the Bees before the Premier League Board opted to postpone the game, which will be rescheduled “in due course.”
A club statement on Man United’s official website read: “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 minimize the risk of further infection, and individuals who tested positive are isolating in line with Premier League protocols.
42 Premier League players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous seven days, with Man United, Aston Villa, Brighton & Hove Albion, Norwich City, and Tottenham Hotspur all reporting cases.
As a result, the Premier League has announced that ‘Emergency Measures’ would be reinstated, requiring all 20 clubs to adhere to standards such as more regular testing, social separation, and wearing face covers indoors.