Manchester United’s Premier League fixture away to Brentford on Tuesday night has undergone a necessary postponement. And a statement on United’s official website says that this is due to a coronavirus outbreak among the visitors’ squad. After Tottenham went under siege (the football news), now, the Manchester United camp is suffering from a minor COVID-19 outbreak.
Tottenham Hotspur also witnessed an outbreak within their players and staff and thus had to postpone every upcoming football match.
And now, Manchester United have had to make a request to the Premier League to postpone their fixture against Brentford.
They sustained an obligation to close first-team operations at their Carrington training complex, which they did, on Monday afternoon.
Manchester United Camp Is Suffering from a Minor COVID-19 Outbreak
The club said they recorded a “small number” of positive Covid cases among first-team players and staff. All of them, the Manchester United employees, took lateral flow tests on Sunday.
The testing took place just a day after they beat Norwich 1-0 at Carrow Road.
Unfortunately, these tests PCR from Monday confirmed some positive results and those who have the virus are currently isolating.
A statement from United on Monday night read: “Given cancellation of training and disruption to the squad, and with the health of players and staff the priority, the club requested [the English Premier League to rearrange] the match.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Norwich manager Dean Smith has urged all fans to get their COVID booster jabs. He wants them to periodically take vaccine shots so that they can keep attending football matches.
As for Manchester United, they say the outbreak among their first team requires “ongoing surveillance”.
In the meantime, however, they have confirmed that they will reschedule the match against Brentford in “due course.”
A statement from Brentford said: “Following medical guidance, the Premier League board have postponed Tuesday night’s match against Manchester United due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within the Manchester United squad.
“We appreciate that there will be many fans who will be inconvenienced with the fixture postponement and we apologise for the disruption, which was out of our control, but we respect the Premier League’s decision and acknowledge that the health and safety of both clubs’ players and staff must always come first.
“We wish everyone affected a speedy recovery and look forward to hosting Manchester United at the Brentford Community Stadium in the New Year.
“The rearranged match details will be confirmed and communicated in due course. All match tickets will remain valid for the rearranged fixture.”