Manchester United was scheduled to play a pre-season club friendly match against Preston but that has been canceled after a number of their first-team players tested positive for coronavirus.
As part of their preparations for the Premier League season, United was scheduled to play the Championship club. In less than two weeks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will kick off their campaign against Leeds.
However, the club has now confirmed on their official website that a small coronavirus outbreak in the first-team squad has forced them to cancel the trip to Deepdale – though they have yet to reveal which players have been affected.
“Maintaining COVID security is a priority for Manchester United,” the statement read. “Following routine testing of the first-team training group today [Thursday], we have identified a small number of suspected positive cases.”
“This has led to those people isolating, pending further tests. As a precautionary measure based on COVID protocols, we have taken the difficult decision that we will not now be able to play the friendly match against Preston North End this Saturday [31 July].”
“We regret the disruption to Preston North End and disappointment caused to fans. Any Manchester United supporters who have purchased tickets for the game will be automatically refunded. 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.”
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