Tuesday’s English Premier League match between top-flight Manchester United and Brentford has been postponed.
The development became necessary according to the clubs following a COVID-19 outbreak.
Naija News understands that United closed the Old Trafford club’s training facility on Monday after a few first-team members tested positive for the dreaded virus.
A statement released on Monday night by United noted that the match was halted after guidance from medical advisors.
No fewer than 42 new cases of the coronavirus were reported on Monday, a record said to be the scariest since testing figures started being released in May 2020.
The Red Devils revealed first-team operations at Carrington ended abruptly on Monday after several players and staff tested positive for the virus.
Hence, Ralf Rangnick’s squad is under check and could not travel to London.
“Manchester United can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brentford FC, on Tuesday 14 December at 19:30, has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course,” a statement from the Red Devils management said.
It added: “Following PCR confirmation of positive LFT Covid-19 tests among the first-team staff and players, the outbreak requires ongoing surveillance.
“A decision was taken to close first-team operations at the Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours to help minimise the risk of further infection, and individuals who tested positive are isolating in line with Premier League protocols.
“Given the cancellation of training and disruption to the squad, and with the health of players and staff the priority, the Club requested the match to be rearranged.
“The Premier League Board decided to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors.
“Manchester United regrets the inconvenience caused to Brentford FC and the fans of both clubs by Covid-19.”
The report revealed that positive lateral flow tests were returned by a small group of United players and staff on Sunday, with those individuals sent home before the training session began.
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