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Man Utd cancel pre-season friendly with Preston after positive Covid cases in camp

Man Utd cancel pre-season friendly with Preston after positive Covid cases in camp

Manchester United have cancelled a pre-season friendly with Preston after positive Covid cases at Old Trafford.


The Red Devils confirmed a "small number" of first-team players and staff had tested positive via lateral flow tests taken on Thursday, forcing them to isolate.

It is understood eight United players and staff tested positive.

The outbreak has Friday's friendly at Preston, in front of an expected crowd of 16,000, to be canceled.

Those who have tested positive are now isolating, pending further tests.

A statement on United's website reads: "Maintaining Covid security is a priority for Manchester United.

"Following routine testing of the first-team training group on 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.

"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.

Manchester United's pre-season began on July 28 when they drew 2-2 with newly-promoted Brentford.

Anthony Elanga and Andreas Pereira were both on the scoresheet for the Red Devils.

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