Manchester United’s clash with Brentford in the Premier League has been postponed.
The game was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, December 14 at the Brentford Community Stadium, but late on Monday night the Premier League and the Red Devils confirmed the match had to be suspended.
There were fears that the match would be put back after it was confirmed that a number of United players and staff had tested positive for Covid-19, prompting the closure of the Carrington training complex on Monday.
Part of the statement from the Premier League read:
“The decision was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Manchester United’s squad.
“First-team operations at the club’s Carrington Training Complex were closed down today to help control the outbreak and minimise risk of further infection among players and staff.
“The League wishes a quick recovery to those players and staff with COVID-19. The postponed fixture will be rearranged in due course.”
United also put out a statement on their website noting that PCR tests had confirmed positive results from lateral flow tests from members of the first-team squad and the coaching staff.
The match is the second Premier League fixture in quick succession to be suspended due to Covid-19, with Tottenham Hotspur’s scheduled trip to Brighton on Sunday postponed.
Other Premier League clubs have also suffered with outbreaks of Covid-19 recently.
Leicester City left seven players at home for their trip to Napoli in the Europa League last week due to a combination of positive tests and players feeling unwell.
Arsenal have also stepped up their Covid-19 protocols after a member of staff tested positive for the virus.
It was confirmed on Monday that 42 Premier League players and staff tested positive for Covid-19 in the past week, which is the highest recorded in the division over a seven-day period.