Man Utd vs Brighton latest PL match postponed due to Covid

Jason Soutar
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Man Utd’s home match against Brighton on Saturday is the latest Premier League encounter to be postponed due to Covid-19.

The decision was made following an outbreak among the Red Devils’ squad and backroom staff.

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“The health of players and staff is our priority,” read a statement on United’s website.

“Given the number of players and support staff having to isolate due to Covid-19, the club had no option other than to request the match be rearranged.”

Training operations at the club’s Carrington training complex have been suspended for “a short period” to help reduce the risk of further transmission.

Man Utd’s midweek trip to Brentford was also postponed due to coronavirus issues.

The PA news agency understands United boss Ralf Rangnick had just nine first-team players available for Tuesday’s appointment with the Bees because of Covid isolation and injury.

That figure had reduced to seven ahead of the scheduled weekend clash with the Seagulls, who have also been dealing with positive tests within their squad. Head coach Graham Potter has revealed he asked for Wednesday’s match against Wolves to be postponed.

After the 1-0 defeat to Bruno Lage’s side, Potter said: “We asked the question, yes, because of our situation.

“You haven’t really got time to be disappointed (by the decision). It’s about preparing the team, preparing for the game.”

Speaking of the apparent lack of consistency in decision-making, he continued: “You obviously have to think everyone is doing things in the best intentions.

“I think the path we’re on, I’m not sure how long we can stay on it for.

“We all want football to continue, want life to continue as best as we can but clearly health is the most important thing.”

Leicester’s match against Tottenham on Thursday has also been postponed due to the virus.

Spurs also had encounters against Brighton and Rennes delayed due to a Covid outbreak at the club.

Leicester have been struggling with cases themselves but travelled to Italy to face Napoli last Thursday before taking on Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.