Manchester United Release Statement After Being Hit By COVID Outbreak Ahead Of Newcastle Game
It has been emerged that up to three coaches working with the first team are affected, according to The Mirror.
In a statement on the club's official website, United confirmed that Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey, who both work in first-team development, will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench due to some of the coaching staff having to self isolate.
They also confirmed that the game against Newcastle United at Old Trafford will kick off at 19:00 GMT.
#MUFC statement on COVID-19 outbreak ahead of Newcastle match: "Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench this evening due to some of the coaching staff having to self isolate."- Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) February 21, 2021
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Meanwhile it is believed that the coaches involved are thought to have returned positive tests last week.
They didn't travel to Turin for their Europa League game against Real Sociedad.
Manchester United's AON training centre is believed to have been closed down for a deep clean, while The Mirror report a United spokesman said the facilities have remained open, with players expected to visit the complex today.
BREAKING Man Utd plunged into Covid-19 crisis as members of first-team camp test positive
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- Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) February 21, 2021
It's clear that United are confident they have avoided spread of the outbreak to any members of the squad at this moment in time.
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