Manchester United’s fixture with Brighton has been postponed.
Saturday’s game against Brighton has been in doubt ever since United’s trip to Brentford was called off because those who tested positive for COVID-19 – at least 19 at the club – must self-isolate for 10 days.
“Manchester United can confirm that our Premier League fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion, scheduled for Saturday 18 December at 12:30 GMT, has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course.
“The health of players and staff is our priority. Given the number of players and support staff having to isolate due to COVID-19, the club had no option other than to request the match be rearranged. The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors.
“We will also suspend football training operations at the Carrington Training Complex for a short period to help reduce risk of further transmission.
“We regret any disappointment and inconvenience caused to fans by the postponement.”
Only a few players showed up for training this morning at Carrington amid the likelihood of this weekend’s game being called off.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank has told the press that he wants this weekend’s full round of Premier League fixtures postponed to “break the chain” on the current crisis, as per Sky Sports, but as of now two games will go ahead tonight.
Speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Southampton on Saturday, he told reporters: “We think we should postpone the full round of Premier League games this weekend.
“COVID cases are going through the roof at all Premier League clubs, everyone is dealing with it and having problems.
“To postpone this round and also the Carabao Cup round would give everyone a week at least, or four or five days to clean and do everything at the training ground so everything is clean and you break the chain.”
If only it was as easy as that.