Manchester United, One of the Biggest Club in England and only English club to win Treble, have confirmed they have suffered a COVID-19 outbreak among players and staff, as they have closed down their first-team operations at Carrington.
After their win at Norwich City on Saturday, Manchester United confirm that multiple players and staff members tested positive via Lateral Flow Test. PCR tests have since confirmed the results.
To minimize the risk of any further infection, the decision has been taken to shut down first team operations at the Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours.
Manchester United released a statement in which they confirmed that those who tested positive are sent to isolation as per Premier League protocols and that they have shut down the first team areas of their Carrington Training Complex as a precaution.
Source said that that at least four first team players tested positive.
Manchester United have to play Brentford on Tuesday but due to outbreak of Covid 19 among their players and Staff, the Club is in conversation with the Premier League whether it is ok for Tuesday’s fixture against Brentford to proceed, both from a Covid infection and player preparation perspective.
Here is the statement in full:
“Manchester United can confirm that following PCR test confirmation of yesterday’s positive LFT Covid-19 cases among the first team staff and players, the decision has been taken to close down first team operations at the Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours, to minimize risk of any further infection. Individuals who tested positive are isolating per Premier League protocols.
“Given cancellation of training and disruption to the squad, and with the health of players and staff the priority, the Club is in discussion with the Premier League whether it is safe for Tuesday’s fixture against Brentford to continue, both from a Covid infection and player preparation perspective. Team and staff travel to London will be deferred pending the result of that discussion.”
A game must be played if a team has 14 players available, As per Premier League rules.
With the Omicron variation spreading in the UK and the British government setting up more limitations locally and as far as global travel, Premier League clubs might begin to reimpose some of the stricter restrictions put in place over the last 18 months to try and stop any similar outbreaks at their clubs.
Tottenham have recently rocked by Covid 19 outbreak with one first team player some of their Under 23s team player tested positive over the last week and their fixture against Brighton at the weekend became the first PL game this season to be postponed due to positive Coronavirus cases.