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Premier League: Brentford vs Manchester United postponed

Mudeet Arora
Will Man Utd vs Brentford go ahead as planned despite COVID outbreak?
Will Man Utd vs Brentford go ahead as planned despite COVID outbreak? / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

Manchester United's Premier League fixture against Brentford on Tuesday has been postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak at Carrington.

statement from the league reads: "The Premier League Board has decided to postpone Brentford’s home fixture against Manchester United, due to be played on Tuesday, 14 December at 19.30 GMT.

"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.

"With the health of players and staff the priority, and in light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures.

"These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time."

The Premier League confirmed on Monday that the latest round of testing had returned 42 new coronavirus infections, the most recorded ever over a seven-day period and the highest amount taken in a single week since figures were first announced in May 2020.

As reported by the Athletic, those United players who tested positive for the virus were sent home before training got underway.

Initially, all players who were part of United's trip to Carrow Road against Norwich City returned a negative test before the game, so the reason for the outbreak is currently unknown.

This places United's clash against Brentford in doubt and Premier League chiefs have already been informed of the situation at Carrington.

Earlier, Tottenham have already had to postpone two of their fixtures after eight of their players tested positive. Leicester City and Norwich City too have been affected by the virus in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Rangnick spoke about United's win against Norwich City and said, "The whole defensive line, the two no.6s, including David De Gea, did extremely well.

"Fred and Scott McTominay played a high level.

"The centre-backs and two full-backs were good. Offensively, we had some nice moves but didn’t always find the best possible solution in the first half.

"The body language, the intensity, especially in our offensive department, the two strikers and also the two number 10s, they didn’t play at the same intensity level as we did against Crystal Palace but again, that also has to do with the way that Norwich played."