Manchester United have confirmed their match against Brentford has been postponed by the Premier League due to a Covid outbreak at the club. The fixture had been scheduled to go ahead on Tuesday evening at the Brentford Community Stadium.
But concerns were raised over whether the clash should go ahead as it was revealed players or staff had tested positive for Covid.
A rise in cases related to the Omicron variant have seen some Covid measures reinstated by the Government in an attempt to stop the spread across the UK.
The club were forced to close their training ground at Carrington for 24 hours to limit the risk of infection after discovering PCR tests had come back positive.
The squad were also forced to abandon their usual plan of travelling down to London the day before the game, resulting in United pushing for the fixture to be shelved.
And after taking guidance from the authorities and Premier League, Man United announced the game had been postponed late on Monday evening.
“Following PCR confirmation of positive LFT Covid-19 tests among the first-team staff and players, the outbreak requires ongoing surveillance.
“A decision was taken to close first-team operations at the Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours to help minimise risk of further infection, and individuals who tested positive are isolating in line with Premier League protocols.
“Given cancellation of training and disruption to the squad, and with the health of players and staff the priority, the Club requested the match to be rearranged.
“The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors.
It is unclear when the fixture will be replayed, but United are already facing a congested fixture as the festive period approaches.
Ralf Rangnick’s side are set to face Brighton on Old Trafford on Saturday, with a nine-day break before their fixture at Newcastle on December 27.
The Red Devils play Burnley in their final fixture of 2021 on December 30, before hosting Wolves at Old Trafford on January 3.
Man United are currently sixth in the Premier League with 28 points from 16 games.