Is Manchester United v Brighton cancelled? Fixture update and Covid latest

Manchester United’s home clash with Brighton has been postponed.

The fixture was due to take place at Old Trafford at 12.30pm on Saturday December 18.

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Why has the game been cancelled?

A club statement read: “The health of players and staff is our priority.

“Given the number of players and support staff having to isolate due to COVID-19, the club had no option other than to request the match be rearranged.

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

United’s game with Brentford, which was due to take place on Tuesday, was also called off because of Covid cases.

The BBC reported on Wednesday that some United players were able to train, which raised hopes the game might go ahead.

But the statement also said that Carrington will be closed ‘for a short period to help reduce risk of further transmission.’

Brentford manager Thomas Frank has called for a weekend shutdown in the Premier League as cases continue to rise across the division.

In the latest round of games, Burnley v Watford and Leicester v Tottenham have been called off, although the United game was the first weekend fixture to be cancelled.

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What is the situation at Brighton?

Seagulls boss Graham Potter has said the club did ask for their match with Wolves to be postponed on Wednesday night.

Brighton have an extensive injury list and ‘three or four’ positive COVID-19 cases, and Potter had already aired his concerns about the United match.

It seems the postponement suits both sides, with both Potter and Ralf Rangnick seemingly having their options stretched right now.

It is better that the game has been called off with more notice than the Brentford one, which left it too late for some supporters to adjust plans, many of whom will have booked train fares and time off work. 

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.