Manchester United suspend training at Carrington after Covid-19 outbreak

Manchester United have halted training at Carrington (Image: Getty)

Manchester United confirmed first-team activities at the club’s Carrington training complex have been closed for the next 24 hours following the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Reds won 1-0 away at Norwich at the weekend and are expected to travel to Brentford in the Premier League on Tuesday night, but it looks like the clash is now in serious doubt.

Discussions are ongoing between United, Brentford and Premier League officials to determine whether the game will proceed safely as planned.

Interim coach Ralf Rangnick arrived at the captain’s training on Sunday, but the outbreak means first-team players must instead complete contactless outdoor training sessions on their own. Individuals who tested positive were asked to go home and isolate before.

A new round of PCR testing took place on Monday morning and it was decided to halt training altogether to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

United’s clash with Brentford is under serious threat (Image: Getty)

‘Manchester United can confirm that after confirmation of PCR testing of positive LFT Covid-19 cases yesterday among first team staff and players, it is decided to close first team activities. at Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours, to reduce the risk of any further infections‘, a statement on United’s official website read Monday afternoon.

‘Individuals who have tested positive are being isolated according to Premier League protocols.

‘With training cancellations and squad disruptions, and prioritizing the health of players and staff, the club are discussing with the Premier League whether it is safe for Tuesday’s game against Brentford to resume. or not, both due to the Covid infection and the player’s point of view.

‘Team and staff arrival in London will be postponed pending the outcome of that discussion.’

Tottenham, West Brom, Brighton and QPR have also been affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in recent days, with the highly contagious Omicron variant threatening to cause major disruption to the busy winter schedule. of English football.

From this week onwards, fans across the country must prove they have tested negative or suffered a major crash to be allowed into the stadium, which can hold more than 4,000 people.

United’s results have increased in the Premier League since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped down from duty last month and the club are currently fifth in the table, one point ahead of fourth-placed West Ham.

Caretaker manager Michael Carrick oversaw United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal after Solskjaer was sacked and Rangnick took over the reins to steer the team towards a tough pair of wins over Crystal Palace and Norwich.

Ronaldo scored from the spot to lead United to victory at Norwich (Image: Getty)

Speaking after United’s win at Carrow Road, Rangnick said rotations and recovery will be key if his squad avoids burning in the coming weeks.

‘It was a new one for me. This is my first time working in the UK and elsewhere in Germany. Germany told reporters during the press conference after the match.

‘The Christmas holidays are obviously shortened and you don’t have much time, maybe just a day or two between training and competition.

‘Eg. we meet Newcastle on the 27th, so this is a new experience for me.

Obviously, the players are more used to that because most of them are used to the requirements of the Premier League.

‘For us, it’s about striking the right balance between recovering and preparing the spaces then coming the next game right after that.’

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