Manchester United’s planned friendly against Stoke City was cancelled today after an unnamed Stoke player tested positive for COVID-19. The match was set to happen the same day, but was reportedly called off just minutes before as the positive result was made aware to club officials and staff.
Stoke officials and medical staff quickly alerted Manchester United of the situation as the result was made aware to them, and it’s been reported by the Manchester Evening News that Manchester United’s players were not in contact with the individual, and both sets of players were quickly removed after the discovery.
Stoke City later released a statement confirming that the individual was first-team manager, Michael O’Neill.
Stoke were forced to scrap a friendly against Manchester United at the last minute after learning that manager Michael O’Neill had tested positive for coronavirus. #mufc [Telegraph]— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) June 9, 2020
O’Neill tested negative through each of the first 5 rounds of testing.