Manchester United's pre-season friendly against Preston North End has been called off. The club confirmed the news on their official social media pages on Thursday 29th July 2021.
The match had to be called off due to some suspected COVID-19 positive cases following routine testing of the first-team training group on Thursday. Through its official statement, the club revealed the following;
"Maintaining COVID-19 security is a priority for Manchester United
Following routine testing of the first-team training group today, 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"
The match had been scheduled to kick off on Saturday. In the past friendly matches, The Red Devils drew 2-2 with newly promoted EPL side Brentford on Wednesday night. Earlier on Saturday, they lost 2-4 to Championship side QPR. News on upcoming friendly match against Everton on 7th August will be relayed soon.
Photo: Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba
Manchester United are now awaiting confirmation of the positive cases from PCR tests after some players tested positive from lateral flow tests.
The club went on to explain;
"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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