Man Utd vs Brentford OFF after Covid outbreak in Reds camp with four players from Norwich game testing positive

MANCHESTER UNITED’s match against Brentford was called OFF following a Covid outbreak in the Red Devils camp.

SunSport revealed exclusively on Sunday afternoon that some players and staff have tested positive after their 1-0 win over Norwich.

Manchester United's scheduled clash with Brentford on Tuesday went off in the wake of the Covid outbreak

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Manchester United’s scheduled clash with Brentford on Tuesday went off in the wake of the Covid outbreakCredit: Reuters
Manchester United have had a Covid outbreak in their squad

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Manchester United have had a Covid outbreak in their squadCredit: PA

They had to be ordered home from Carrington and training was interrupted.

The The training ground was closed for the first team today and the club contacted the Premier League asking for the match to be postponed.

A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League leadership has decided to postpone Brentford’s home game against Manchester United, due to the match being played on Tuesday, 14 December at 19:30 GMT. .

“The decision was made on the advice of medical advisors due to the exceptional circumstances of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the Manchester United squad.

“First team operations at the club’s Carrington Training Complex were closed today to help control the outbreak and minimize the risk of further infection to players and staff.

“The federation wishes those players and staff a speedy recovery from COVID-19. The postponed fixture will be rescheduled in due course.

“With the health of players and staff a priority, and due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has introduced Emergency Measures.

“These include procedures such as checking in more often, wearing a face covering while indoors, observing social distancing, and limiting the length of treatment.”

Man Utd said they would not move south to London until dawn if it were before that.

But they have raised concerns about player welfare not only due to the Covid infection but also about the physical risks of participating in a game with such little preparation.

SunSport understands that at least four players participated in Saturday’s game at Carrow Road are among those who have tested positive and are now in quarantine for ten days.

The situation now also puts United’s home game against Brighton on Saturday at risk.

The Premier League leadership can request a match to continue if 14 players of the first team are healthy enough.

But do they consider the compensation of the missing, ie: if they are the first regulars and that makes this party severely weakened.

The fact that United were unable to train was also a factor.

A club statement released mid-afternoon on Monday read: “Manchester United can confirm that after the confirmation of PCR testing of positive cases for LFT Covid-19 yesterday Among first team staff and players, the decision has been made to close first team operations at Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours, to minimize the risk of further contagion.

“Individuals who have tested positive are being isolated according to Premier League protocols.

“With training cancellations and squad disruptions, and prioritizing the health of players and staff, the club are discussing with the Premier League whether it is safe for Tuesday’s match against Brentford to continue or not. no, both due to the Covid infection and the player’s point of view.

“Team and staff arrival in London will be postponed pending the outcome of that discussion.”

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