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Manchester United announce coronavirus all clear

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LONDON – Manchester United announced Friday they had no positive coronavirus cases within their first-team squad and could resume training.

Thursday saw United cancel their pre-season friendly at Preston on Saturday after a number of suspected Covid-19 cases within the camp of the English football giants.

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United were due to make the short trip to Deepdale, fellow northwest club Preston’s home ground, at the weekend as part of their build-up to the new Premier League season.

But routine lateral flow testing on Thursday saw some possible positive cases returned, with all those concerned isolating ahead of further PCR tests.

Nevertheless, a statement issued by United on Friday said: “After further testing yesterday (Thursday) and today (Friday), we can confirm that there are no positive cases within the first-team group.

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

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United are due to finish their pre-season programme with a game against top-flight rivals Everton at Old Trafford on August 7.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, runners-up in last season’s table to local rivals Manchester City, then begin the new Premier League campaign at home to Leeds the following week.

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