Man Utd hit by coronavirus outbreak as three of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s staff test positive

Man Utd: Solskjaer gives team news

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Manchester United have been hit by a coronavirus outbreak. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are due to meet Newcastle in their Premier League clash today. However, preparations for that game have now been disrupted with three staff members testing positive.

United are due to face Newcastle today.

However, three coaches working with the first team have now tested positive for coronavirus just hours before that match.

The game will go ahead as planned and the coaches involved were reportedly absent for the 4-0 win over Real Sociedad in midweek.

United have released an official statement on the matter, saying: “Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench this evening due to some of the coaching staff having to self isolate.

“The home Premier League game against Newcastle United at Old Trafford will kick off at 19:00 GMT.”

United have, for the most part, been able to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19.

Paul Pogba returned a positive test earlier in the season and it took the France international a while to get back to hiss swaggering best.

Facundo Pellistri also tested positive and that prevented the Uruguayan from making his debut in the January FA Cup win over Championship side Watford.

United go up against Newcastle on Saturday seeking a return to winning ways in the Premier League.

They drew 1-1 with West Brom last time out, with Bruno Fernandes earning the Red Devils a point. 

Solskjaer was, however, delighted after his side’s 4-0 Europa League win over Real Sociedad in midweek.

“We played well,” the United boss said.

“We were more clinical in front of goal, of course, even though we had a few chances before we got the first one.

“But definitely when we got the second, the game opened up and we found ourselves in loads of space.”

Solskjaer also insisted United had to stay in the present, rather than focusing on the future.

The 47-year-old said: “No, we’ve got to take one game at a time.

“Of course we’ve got Newcastle first but we’ll put a strong team out because it’s about creating momentum.

“We’ve been through a difficult spell and I found tonight, or I thought we found ourselves a little bit tonight.

“I thought the boys had got that little bit of zip in their legs again so it was important to be able to take some players off.

“We still rotated the team. We’ll rotate, definitely, but, no, we’re not going to take the game lightly.”

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