Manchester United are free to resume training.

United confirmed that all players or employees have returned negative Covid-PCR tests.

In an association declaration it says: “After further tests yesterday [Thursday] and today [Friday], we can confirm that there are no positive cases within the first team group.

“After consulting with the Premier League, they are satisfied that all COVID protocols have been followed correctly and that the squad can return to training immediately.”

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United of course canceled the friendly against Preston, which was due to take place tomorrow afternoon.

Last night there were reports that up to nine United players and staff had returned positive lateral flow tests.

In addition, more precise PCR tests have now been carried out, which have made it clear that there are no positive cases in the camp.

What impact will this have?

The positive aspect is that pre-season training at United doesn’t have to be interrupted.

There is no Covid outbreak in the squad, which is of course a big plus.

It’s frustrating that tomorrow’s game was canceled because United could have dealt with it.

Now there is only one game left before the start of the Premier League season for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to prepare his players.

It is possible that United will arrange a friendly early next week, but there are no reports yet.

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