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Manchester United survives Covid scare, cancels preseason match as precaution

The potential positive results led to the cancellation of this weekend’s friendly, but luckily turned out to be a false alarm...

Manchester United Pre-Season Training Session Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Manchester United’s preseason was nearly dealt a very serious, and potentially catastrophic blow heading into the weekend as potential positive Covid test results surfaced among the squad and the coaching staff. Luckily it has been revealed that the tests were negative, but initial fears of an outbreak led to the isolation of several first teamers and coaches, as well as the cancellation of a friendly that was due to take place against Preston on Saturday.

A Covid outbreak is the last thing any team wants, especially as cases across the world continue to rise yet again. The Premier League is due to start in less than two weeks, and everyone is hopeful that restrictions on fans in stadiums will continue to be lifted.

The good news for United fans however is that the whole first team remains healthy. Many first teamers attended a team lunch over the weekend in Manchester, and are set to be joined by the rest of the squad on Monday. Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, and Edinson Cavani among other tournament participants will join up with the team to continue preseason training, and will likely feature in the club’s remaining two friendlies before the season opener against Leeds on August 14th. Raphael Varane may even be able to partake once he completes his quarantine period at the end of the week.