Covid-19 cases force Man United to cancel friendly

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Manchester United’s pre-season friendly against Preston North End on Saturday has been called off.

This comes after a number of positive Covid-19 cases were identified at the Premier League club.

United drew 2-2 against Brentford on Wednesday and detected cases following routine testing of the first team. Individuals are now isolating pending the results of further tests.

United say they have cancelled the game at Preston as a precautionary measure based on Covid protocols. A mixture of both players and staff are in isolation after conducting lateral flow tests.

“At this stage, we do not expect further disruption around our forthcoming matches, but we will continue to follow Premier League protocols in this regard,” the club said in a statement.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side’s only remaining friendly is scheduled to take place before the start of the season and it’s against Everton on the August 7, a week before they begin their league campaign against Leeds United.

The club said any supporters who purchased tickets for the Preston game will be given a full refund.

On Thursday, Nottingham Forest were forced to cancel Saturday’s pre-season game against Burnley at the City Ground because of Covid-19 cases as well.

On the same day, Norwich City’s game against Sheffield United was also cancelled because of a number of cases in the Canaries’ squad.

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By FARPost Reporter