Manchester United dodge a COVID bullet after friendly with Stoke City is cancelled
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) David de Gea and Jesse Lingard of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Old Trafford on June 06, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Manchester United's friendly against Championship side, Stoke City, was cancelled in the eleventh-hour after one Stoke member of staff tested positive for COVID-19.

Solskjaer's warm-up match cancelled after COVID scare

Originally there was no explanation for the cancellation of the match but according to the Daily Mirrorit was made clear to both sides that a Stoke manager Michael O’Neill had tested positive moments before kick-off.  Thankfully for both sides, the match was cancelled without a ball being kicked and United are confident none of their players came into contact with the player who tested positive. 

United players tested twice a week

Testing players for the virus will continue to happen twice a week in order to keep them safe. Despite the friendly being called off, United continued with training and held an in-house match. 

Many Premier League sides have been arranging friendlies in order to get back to their peak match fitness. According to Tim Spiers of The Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest in a friendly at Molineux yesterday.

Situation handled before any problems arose

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side has less than ten days until their 'Project Restart' gets back underway with a tough away trip to Tottenham HotspurUnited got the better of Spurs earlier in the year at Old Trafford when they beat Jose Mourinho's side 2-0 thanks to a double from Marcus Rashford. 

United are presented with two must-win games if they are to challenge for a Champions League spot as their second match sees them face European qualification contenders, Sheffield United.  

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