Manchester United are free to resume training.

United confirmed that all players or staff returned negative Covid PCR tests.

A club statement read: “After further testing yesterday [Thursday] and today [Friday], we can confirm that there are no positive cases within the first-team group.

“Following consultation with the Premier League, they are satisfied that all COVID protocols have been followed correctly and the squad can return to training immediately.”

Manchester United v Brentford - Pre-season Friendly
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United of course cancelled the pre-season friendly with Preston which was due to take place tomorrow afternoon.

Last night, there were reports that as many as nine United players and staff had returned positive lateral flow tests.

Further, more accurate PCR testing has now taken place which has made it clear that there are no positive cases within the camp.

 

What impact will this have?

The positive aspect is that United’s pre-season training doesn’t need to be paused.

There isn’t a Covid outbreak in the squad which is of course a big plus too.

It’s frustrating that tomorrow’s game has been called off, because United could have done with it.

Now, there’s only one more match between now and the start of the Premier League season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get his players ready.

It is possible United look to arrange a friendly for early next week, but there have been no reports to that effect yet.

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