The Premier League have announced that the Gameweek 17 fixture featuring Brentford Vs Manchester United has been postponed.
The league organizers in an official statement released via www.premierleague.com said this was due to ‘an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within’ the visitors squad.
Manchester United have been unable to carry out full team trainings on Sunday and Monday due to the spread of the virus to some members of the club.
However the league board have decided to rearrange the fixture for another date which is likely to be in the coming year 2022.
The Premier League statement reads;
“The Premier League Board has decided to postpone Brentford’s home fixture against Manchester United, due to be played on Tuesday, 14 December at 19.30 GMT.
The decision was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Manchester United’s squad.
First-team operations at the club’s Carrington Training Complex were closed down today to help control the outbreak and minimise risk of further infection among players and staff.
The League wishes a quick recovery to those players and staff with COVID-19. The postponed fixture will be rearranged in due course.With the health of players and staff the priority, and in light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures.
These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time.”Premier League official statement
Meanwhile hosts Brentford have apologized to fans who have already purchased tickets alongside other preparations saying the postponement is ‘out of’ their control saying ‘safety of both clubs’ players and staff must always come first.’
Manchester United have picked up two wins from two under interim boss Ralph Rangnick while Brentford under Thomas Frank are also having a season to remember sitting in one of the league’s top 10 spots.