Manchester United ‘shut down first team’ after Covid epidemic, players and staff test positive

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Several people at the club tested positive for the virus on Sunday morning, and the club has now closed its Carrington base.

Manchester United are the latest club to suffer from the Covid-19 epidemic as the club has canceled training for all of the first teams and is in talks with the Premier League over whether the match with Brentford will continue.

Several players and staff gave a positive lateral flow test on Sunday morning and were sent home from training.

Now they fear the epidemic could spread even further as the club closes its first team’s Carrington base and has decided not to travel to London before Tuesday’s meeting against Brentford, which is now in serious doubt.

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What was said?
The club’s Monday afternoon announcement said: “Manchester United can confirm that after confirming yesterday’s positive Covid-19 cases, a decision has been made among the first team staff and players to close the first team at the Carrington Training Complex. 24 hours to minimize the risk of further infection. Individuals who become positive will be isolated according to Premier League protocol.

“Given the cancellation of training sessions and the interruption of the team, and the health of the players and staff, the club is discussing with the Premier League whether it is safe to continue the match against Brentford on Tuesday, due to both a coronary infection and a player. The trip of the team and staff to London will be postponed until the outcome of the meeting. “

What do we know?
GOAL understands that the entire group that traveled to Norwich on Saturday became negative in the latest round of routine tests.

However, the Sunday morning lateral flow test yielded a small number of positive tests among players and staff.

Those who tested positive were then sent home and informed of the situation by the Premier League.

Those who stayed outdoors trained with a training plan tailored to individual and contactless workouts.

In July, the club had a Covid race when nine players and staff registered a positive lateral flow test, which led to the cancellation of a friendly match against Preston North End before the season.

Subsequent PCR tests were negative and the initial results were considered false positive.

Will Man Utd’s match against Brentford be postponed?
GOAL can confirm that the Premier League board will decide to postpone the meeting against Brentford on Tuesday.

The Premier League will work closely with clubs monitoring Covid situations within each team and would only consider canceling the match if a team requests a postponement. Clearly, the Premier League wrote to clubs last week to ask them to return to the extraordinary measures they first introduced when clubs returned to training after the outbreak of the Covid epidemic last year.

United are still in talks about Tuesday night’s match, and it’s too early to say if that will affect Saturday’s game against Old Trafford in Brighton.

Covid concern
The news of the latest outbreak came after Tottenham’s match-up for the Europe Conference League against Rennes on Thursday after the Spurs 13 players and staff tested positive for the virus.

The Premier League match against Brighton on Sunday was also canceled as a precaution.

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