Brentford’s Premier League match against Manchester United tonight has been postponed following the closure of the Old Trafford club’s training facility due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Premier League made the decision to postpone “in light of medical advice,” according to a statement issued late Monday by United.

The Red Devils became the latest Premier League club to be hit by a coronavirus outbreak, forcing the closure of their Carrington training complex.

On Monday, the Premier League reported 42 new Covid-19 cases – a record number since testing data began to be released in May 2020.

Additionally, on Monday, United suspended first-team operations at Carrington for 24 hours following the positive test of several players and staff members for the virus. The squad led, by Ralf Rangnick had not made the trip to London.

The Man United statement:

“Manchester United can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brentford FC, on Tuesday 14 December at 19:30, has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course,” it said.

“Following PCR confirmation of positive LFT Covid-19 tests among the first-team staff and players, the outbreak requires ongoing surveillance.

“A decision was taken to close first-team operations at the Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours to help minimize risk of further infection, and individuals who tested positive are isolating in line with Premier League protocols.

“Given cancellation of training and disruption to the squad, and with the health of players and staff the priority, the Club requested the match to be rearranged.

“The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors.

“Manchester United regrets the inconvenience caused to Brentford FC and to the fans of both clubs by COVID-19.”

With the Omicron variant sweeping across the United Kingdom, forcing the government to reintroduce stricter COVID protocols, United’s outbreak occurs against a backdrop of growing virus problems at Premier League clubs.


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