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Manchester United cancel Stoke City friendly after positive coronavirus test

Manchester United were forced to cancel a friendly against Stoke City at their training ground on Tuesday after the Championship club’s manager Michael O’Neill tested positive for coronavirus. Stoke’s players and staff did not come into contact at any point with United’s squad as they were taken to a separate building at Carrington following their arrival. A statement from Stoke on

Tuesday evening read: ‘Stoke City can confirm that manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus following the latest round of testing on Monday (June 8). ‘O’Neill had tested negative in the previous five rounds of testing. TOP ARTICLES 5/5 READ MORE Sachin Tendulkar and Brett Lee back using wax to shine ball during cricket’s coronavirus saliva ban ‘He will now follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation, whilst continuing to be in regular virtual contact with his coaching staff and players.’ United’s medical team were immediately


alerted and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were kept away from Stoke’s players and staff. Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill tested positive for coronavirus (Getty Images) Paul Pogba continued to step up his preparations ahead of Manchester United’s season restart (Getty Images) A source at United’s training ground told the Daily Mirror: ‘Stoke were rushed out of the Academy very

quickly indeed. ‘United’s officials didn’t hang about – they had Stoke out of there really quickly as you’d imagine. Jesse Lingard and Bruno Fernandes took part in Manchester United’s training game on Tuesday (Getty Images) ‘It could have been a scary situation but United’s protocols were absolutely spot on and prevented what could have been a major problem with the season now just days away.’ After Stoke left the training ground, United’s squad played another match between themselves.

United have been stepping up their preparations ahead of the Premier League’s return next week and took part in a match at Old Trafford over the weekend. Solskjaer’s side are due to restart their Premier League campaign against Tottenham on June 19. On Saturday, the Premier League confirmed that there were no positive results for coronavirus from 1,195 tests in the latest round of testing which took place on June 4 and 5. Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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