Manchester United on Saturday called off their pre-season friendly with Preston after a number of suspected coronavirus cases at their camp.
United were due to travel to Deepdale this weekend to continue preparations for the new season, but routine side flow testing on Thursday saw some possible positive cases return. These people are now in isolation, awaiting further PCR tests.
A United statement read: “Keeping Covid safe is a priority for us. Following routine testing of the team’s first training group today, we have identified a small number of suspected positive cases. This led these people to self-isolate, pending further testing.
“As a precautionary measure based on the Covid protocols, we have made the difficult decision that we will now not be able to play the friendly against Preston North End this Saturday.
“We regret the disturbance of Preston and the disappointment caused to the fans. All Manchester United fans who have purchased tickets for the match will be automatically refunded. At this point we don’t expect any further disruption around our next games, but we will continue to follow Premier League protocols in this regard. “
United are set to close their pre-season schedule with a game against Everton at Old Trafford on August 7.