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BREAKING: Manchester United call off friendly match after Covid-19 outbreak

Manchester United v Brentford - Pre-season Friendly
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Manchester United have cancelled their friendly game against Preston North End on Saturday due to a Coronavirus outbreak in the first-team.

The Red Devils have hit a major setback while they prepare for their upcoming season Premier League season. Manchester United announced this Thursday that they’ve had a number of suspected positive Covid-19 cases within their first-team squad. The news struck less than 24 hours after Man Utd faced Brentford in front of 30,000 people. Additionally, Solskjaer‘s squad had to cancel their next match against Preston North End in just two days time.

“Following routine testing of the first-team training group today (Thursday), we have identified a small number of suspected positive cases. This has led to those people isolating, pending further tests,” the Red Devils explained.

“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 (31 July).”

Manchester United are scheduled to face Leeds two weeks from now in the first round of the Premier League. The players will now go through PCR testing to confirm if the positive cases are accurate. If the news of a Covid-19 outbreak is confirmed, the Red Devils will fall behind before the competition has even started.