Man Utd news LIVE: Covid-19 outbreak LATEST, Brentford POSTPONED, fixture chaos, Lindelof latest updates

Man Utd news LIVE: Covid-19 outbreak LATEST, Brentford POSTPONED, fixture chaos, Lindelof latest updates

December 14, 2021

MANCHESTER UNITED'S clash with Brentford tonight has been postponed – with a Covid outbreak causing fixture chaos for the club.

Four players have tested positive for Covid, and the club's Carrington training ground is now shut.

A Premier League statement read: "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."

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  • Kealan Hughes

    THREE HORSE RACE

    Manchester United are reportedly prepared to compete with Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in the chase for Porto winger Luis Diaz.

    The 24-year-old can play out wide in a traditional 4-4-2 or in a 4-3-3 and is renowned for his speed and dribbling ability.

    His performances this season have seen a number of clubs sit up and take notice. Chief among them is Liverpool, who are rumoured to be leading the race for his signature.

    However, Fichajes now claims that the Red Devils are preparing to make a move of their own.

    The report states that Porto’s exit from the Champions League might tempt them to cash in on the player in January.

    City are already said to have enquired after Diaz, as they line up a potential replacement for Barcelona-linked Ferran Torres.

  • Kealan Hughes

    BEING FRENK

    Manchester United may miss out on Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong because of ‘bad weather’ in the city.

    United, eyeing a midfield overhaul, have been linked with a move for De Jong after he was reportedly put up for sale by Barcelona.

    De Jong’s dad, John, has confirmed that the five ‘top’ European clubs have inquired about the 24-year-old, including Bayern Munich.

    However, he hinted that the cold weather in both Manchester and Munich could put his son off from leaving sunny Spain.

    He told Dutch outlet AD: “It’s often bad weather there. Of course it’s about football, but it does matter.

    “Of course I know that Barcelona needs money and a great offer for Frenkie could help, but I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

    “Although, the five top European clubs have all called.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GAME OFF

    Manchester United’s game against Brentford scheduled for this evening is OFF.

    An official statement from the club reads: “Manchester United can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brentford FC, on Tuesday 14 December at 19:30, has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course.

    “Following PCR confirmation of positive LFT Covid-19 tests among the first-team staff and players, the outbreak requires ongoing surveillance.

    “A decision was taken to close first-team operations at the Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours to help minimise risk of further infection, and individuals who tested positive are isolating in line with Premier League protocols.

    “Given cancellation of training and disruption to the squad, and with the health of players and staff the priority, the Club requested the match to be rearranged.

    “The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors.

    “Manchester United regrets the inconvenience caused to Brentford FC and to the fans of both clubs by Covid-19.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Man United have closed their training ground after a recent Covid-19 outbreak.

    United had positive lateral flow tests returned on a number of players and staff and the Premier League have been informed.

    And now the club confirmed they have shut Carrington for 24 hours and cancelled training.

    As a result, United are in talks with the Premier League about whether they will play Brentford today.

    It will also see them hold off travelling to London while awaiting a decision.

    Meanwhile, Ralf Rangnick has told Anthony Martial – if you want to quit, tell me to my face.

    Rangnick said: “No, because then I would react to what his agent said and it should be the player.

    “If he really has the wish to go to another club, it should be the player who informs either the board or myself, whomever.

    “I don’t communicate with agents via the media and the press. The player hasn’t spoken with me or with us about it.”

    Finally, Phil Jones has asked to play for the Under-23s against Chelsea, according to reports.

    The centre-back has impressed Rangnick in training and is said to be keen to up his match sharpness.

    United’s youngsters play their final match of the year on Friday – before a winter break.

    And former England international Jones wants to feature, according to the Athletic.

    The 29-year-old reportedly wants to ensure he is ready for a winter move away or if he is called upon by his German manager.

  • Anthony Chapman

    NEXT UP

    Let’s take a look at United’s next five games… provided they are still going ahead.

  • Anthony Chapman

    LAP IT UP

    Barcelona president Joan Laporta reportedly met up with super agent Mino Raiola amid rumours linking them with Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba.

    Fabrizio Romano said: “Barcelona president Joan Laporta had a meeting with Mino Raiola in Torino today.

    “Laporta’s in Italy because of Pedri’s Golden Boy and he met with Raiola in a famous hotel.

    “The relationship is great since years. Haaland, Pogba and many other talents to keep an eye on.

    “The meeting between Joan Laporta, Mateu Alemany and Mino Raiola was not casual.

    “It was not in the hotel were Barcelona are staying in Torino – and the meeting was planned since last week.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    MORE ROONEY

    Furious locals retaliated by daubing the Land Rover in obscenities and drawing giant penises in the dirt on the bonnet and sides, as well as inscribing “w*****r” on the rear windscreen.

    The words “lose weight” were scrawled next to one of the rude images.

    His 4×4 was also surrounded with orange traffic cones and a local stuck a “no parking” sign under one of his wipers.

    A source said: “What a Christmas Grinch. The street was full of thousands of people — most of them families with young kids.

    “Those setting up had to put up the stalls around the car and move the bell ringers to a different spot.

    “Rooney must have known he was in the way, but he just cracked on with his night in the pub.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    EXCLUSIVE BY SARAH RIDLEY

    Wayne Rooney’s £150,000 Land Rover was daubed with giant penises and the word “w****r” after he parked it in a busy Christmas market.

    The former Manchester United ace, 36, abandoned his Overfinch Defender in a town centre — ignoring signs telling drivers not to leave vehicles on the road.

    The street had been reserved for stalls for an annual Christmas market.

    But Rooney left his luxury motor in a space meant for church bell ringers.

    Sources claimed he then refused to move it when asked by organisers and instead spent the evening drinking with two friends in pubs just 50 yards away.

  • Anthony Chapman

    PHIL ME IN

    Man Utd outcast Phil Jones has asked to play for the Under-23s against Chelsea, according to reports.

    The centre-back has impressed new boss Ralf Rangnick in training and is said to be keen to up his match sharpness.

    United’s youngsters play their final match of the year on Friday – before a winter break.

    And former England international Jones wants to feature, according to the Athletic.

    The 29-year-old reportedly wants to ensure he is ready for a winter move away or if he is called upon by his German manager.

  • Anthony Chapman

    CRISTIANO MISSION

    Cristiano Ronaldo is on 131 goals for Man United over his two spells.

    Will he end up breaking into the top 10 before calling it a day?

  • Anthony Chapman

    PAIN IN THE ARSENAL

    Arsenal have joined Man United in recording several positive Covid tests.

    The Gunners saw the results come from members of staff on the same day United closed down their Carrington ground.

    The Athletic claims protocols are now being ramped up at Arsenal’s London Colney training base to keep players protected.

    Stars are now being tested in their cars before training, and staff have seen their Christmas party cancelled.

  • Anthony Chapman

    OW DEAR

    Michael Owen expected a THIRD Champions League draw as he wrongly believed Liverpool were mistakenly prevented from getting the chance to play Villarreal.

    The ex-Man Utd star, who had already seen his old side mistakenly drawn against group stage opponents Villarreal, said: “I thought it was (wrong again).

    “It could easily be me but I can’t think of a reason why Liverpool, at the end it says they (Villarreal) can only play one team.

    “And I’m sure Liverpool could have played them as well. They weren’t in their group.

    “The only way is if none of the other teams could have played the other two teams, then Liverpool had to.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    COR BLIMEY

    A record number of positive tests for Premier League players and staff has been recorded as fears grow more games could be called off.

    Reporter Laura Scott tweeted: “The 42 Covid positives among Premier League players and staff is the highest ever in a one-week testing period.

    “Previous high was 40, in the week over New Year.”

    Tottenham, Man Utd and Aston Villa have all revealed they are struggling with players and staff testing positive.

  • Anthony Chapman

    KNEE BOTHER

    Ralf Rangnick admits he’s unsure when wantaway striker Anthony Martial will be fit from his knee injury.

    Rangnick revealed: “After the final training session before the Crystal Palace game, after having trained with the team, he informed the doctor and the medical department that he will not be available because the pain on his knee is too big. 

    “So we have to wait and see.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    BED DEVILS

    Man United are waiting to see if their game against Brentford is still going ahead after a Covid outbreak.

    Here’s their full statement confirming a number of positive cases, resulting in Carrington being closed for 24 hours…

    “Manchester United can confirm that following PCR test confirmation of yesterday’s positive LFT Covid-19 cases among the first-team staff and players, the decision has been taken to close down first team operations at the Carrington Training Complex for 24 hours, to minimise risk of any further infection.

    “Individuals who tested positive are isolating per Premier League protocols.
    “Given cancellation of training and disruption to the squad, and with the health of players and staff the priority, the Club is in discussion with the Premier League whether it is safe for Tuesday’s fixture against Brentford to continue, both from a Covid infection and player preparation perspective.

    “Team and staff travel to London will be deferred pending the result of that discussion.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    CL TOP SCORER ODDS

    Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski is clear favourite to be this season’s top scorer in the Champions League.

    But according to BetVictor, West Ham flop Seb Haller is second-favourite with Ajax.

    That puts him ahead of Liverpool’s Mo Salah, Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo and PSG’s Lionel Messi.

    • Robert Lewandowski 2/5
    • Sebastien Haller 5/2
    • Mohamed Salah 8/1
    • Cristiano Ronaldo 14/1
    • Kylian Mbappe 20/1
    • Karim Benzema 25/1
    • Lionel Messi 25/1

    *Odds from BetVictor correct at time of writing

    RALFA MALE

    Ralf Rangnick has told Anthony Martial – if you want to quit Manchester United, tell me to my face.

    New Red Devils boss Rangnick is irritated that the striker’s agent Philippe Lamboley has said he wants to leave without Martial coming to him first.

    And he is refusing to take the first step by addressing the issue with Martial.

    Rangnick said: “No, because then I would react to what his agent said and it should be the player.

    “If he really has the wish to go to another club, it should be the player who informs either the board or myself, whomever.

    “I don’t communicate with agents via the media and the press. The player hasn’t spoken with me or with us about it.”

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ODDS

    Man City are favourites for the Champions League after being drawn against Sporting Lisbon.

    BetVictor also has Liverpool and Chelsea in the running.

    But Man Utd are deemed to have less chance of winning than Ajax.

    • Manchester City 3/1
    • Bayern Munich 7/2
    • Liverpool 5/1
    • Chelsea 7/1
    • PSG 9/1
    • Ajax 12/1
    • Real Madrid 16/1
    • Manchester United 16/1
    • Juventus 25/1

    *Odds from BetVictor correct at time of writing

    NEXT UP

    Let’s take a look at United’s next five games… provided none are called off.

    BREAKING

    Man United have closed their training ground after a recent Covid-19 outbreak.

    United had positive lateral flow tests returned on a number of players and staff and the Premier League have been informed.

    And now the club confirmed they have shut Carrington for 24 hours and cancelled training.

    As a result, United are in talks with the Premier League about whether they will play Brentford tomorrow.

    It will also see them hold off travelling to London while awaiting a decision.

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW

    The Champions League draw for the Last 16 has been completed… again!

    Manchester United are paired up with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea remain drawn with Lille, Liverpool will meet Inter Milan and Manchester City will clash with Sporting Lisbon.

    Bayern Munich take on Red Bull Salzburg, Benfica play Ajax and Villarreal go toe-to-toe with Juventus.

    Real Madrid will face Paris Saint-Germain in the biggest fixture of the Round of 16

    • Kostas Lianos

      ATLETICO MADRID VS MAN UTD

      How do you like that?!

      After being wrongfully excluded as potential opponents for Atletico Madrid, Manchester United are paired up with Diego Simeone’s side!

    • Kostas Lianos

      DRAW RESTARTS SOON

      The Champions League draw will restart in a few minutes.

      Reminding you all that the decision was made following two enormous gaffes by the officials running the procedure.

      First, Villarreal were paired up with Manchester United, even though they faced offin the group stages.

      After detecting that mistake they forgot to include United in the pot of Atletico Madrid’s potential opponents.

      You can follow the draw here

    • Kostas Lianos

      WHAT WE KNOW

      The Champions League draw for the Last 16 will be redone after an error during the procedure.

      First, Villarreal were paired up with Manchester United, whom they met in the group stage.

      And then it appears like United weren’t included in Atletico Madrid’s pot as potential opponents in the Round of 16.

      Thus, the draw will be done all over again and all teams will be eligible, including Real Madrid who were initially drawn with Benfica.

      UEFA issued the following statement: “Following a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other, a material error occurred in the draw for the Uefa Champions League Round of 16.

      “As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 1500 CET (14:00 GMT)”

    • Kostas Lianos

      “DELIGHTED”

      Former Manchester United ace Oeen Hargreaves believes his former club will be “delighted” with the draw being redone.

      The Red Devils were originally paired up with Paris Saint-Germain.

      Hargreaves told BT Sport: “United will be delighted. Let’s see what comes up.

      “Some fans are going to be delighted but some will be very annoyed”

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