Manchester United’s penultimate pre-season friendly has been cancelled.

United were due to play Preston at Deepdale tomorrow but have called the game off due to ‘a small number of suspected positive cases’, as per the club website.

While we await for further announcements from the club, the Telegraph reported some more details last night.

Manchester United v Brentford - Pre-season Friendly
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How many cases do United have?

The report claims as many as nine players or staff have tested positive.

That’s with a lateral flow test, so they are now awaiting PCR tests to get a more accurate idea of whether they’ve got Covid or not.

How will it affect the Everton game?

The decision to cancel the Preston game leaves United with only one more friendly before the start of the Premier League season.

That’s due to take place against Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday 7 August.


The report says that as it stands, United’s situation won’t impact that game.

The club said that they do ‘not expect further disruption around our forthcoming matches’ but also that they ‘will continue to follow Premier League protocols in this regard.’

Will fans get their money back?

The club have said that any fan who had a ticket for the game will automatically be refunded.

It’s just a shame for those who were planning to make the short trip to Preston that they won’t get to cheer United on from the away end.

The atmosphere was great against Queens Park Rangers last Saturday, thanks in no small part to United’s travelling support.

And more concerning for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be the fact he has just one more match to get his squad ready before the serious stuff starts against Leeds on 14 August.

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