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Man Utd stars tested in cars on return to training after 19 positive Covid cases


Cristiano Ronaldo and 16 other Manchester United first-team players returned to training on Wednesday after the Red Devils reportedly had 19 Covid cases at the club

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Manchester United players returned to training on Wednesday following a Covid outbreak at Carrington.

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The Red Devils were forced to close the training complex on Monday after first-team players and staff tested positive for the virus.

United’s Premier League fixture at Brentford on Tuesday was postponed as a result of the outbreak. Saturday’s game against Brighton at Old Trafford is expected to go ahead.

The new Omicron variant is spreading rapidly throughout the country and a number of top-flight clubs have been suffered infections.

Premier League clubs announced a recorded a record high of 42 cases on Monday, up from just 12 the week before.

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Bruno Fernandes arrives at Carrington for training
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17 first-team players, interim manager Ralf Rangnick, coach Kieran McKenna and director of football John Murtough all reported for United training on Wednesday.

Tahith Chong, who is currently on loan at Birmingham, was also at Carrington to continue his recovery from injury.

Those who returned undertook lateral flow tests in their cars and waited for the results to see if they were permitted entry and allowed to train as normal.

Stars in attendance included Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani.

Anthony Martial was also present, just days after his agent Philippe Lamboley confirmed his desire to leave Old Trafford in the next transfer window.

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“He just needs to play,” said Lamboley. “He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”

When asked about Martial’s future on Monday, Rangnick said: “Well, I don’t communicate with agents via the media or the press.

“The player hasn’t spoken with me or with us about it… If a player wishes to go to another club, it should be the player who informs either the board or myself.”

According to The Telegraph, United recorded 19 positive Covid cases across players and staff, although it’s not clear which stars are currently isolating.

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The Premier League have told all 20 clubs they must return to emergency measures to stop the spread of the virus.

Anthony Martial was also at training… just days after his agent revealed his desire to leave the club
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“The safety of everybody is a priority and the Premier League is taking all precautionary steps in light of the recent rise in Covid-19 cases across the country,” confirmed a statement.

“The league has reverted to its emergency measures and will increase the frequency of both lateral flow and PCR Covid-19 testing of players and staff.

“The Premier League’s Covid-19 emergency measures, which are applicable to all clubs, include protocols such as wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time. These are in addition to the more frequent testing.

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“We will continue to work closely with the government, local authorities and supporter groups, while being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance.”

Fred and his fellow United stars were required to complete a lateral flow test on their arrival
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged all players and staff to get their booster jab as soon as possible.

“The doctors suggest that they have to do it,” said the Spaniard. “Most of us have [had] it already.

“The players, for their age, the moment they have to do it, everybody is going to decide and they are going to do it.”

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Confirmed United players at training on Wednesday: Cristiano Ronaldo, Fred, Victor Lindelof, Marcus Rashford, Eric Bailly, Raphael Varane, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay, Anthony Martial, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Lee Grant, David de Gea, Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani, Phil Jones, Alex Telles, Tahith Chong, Paul Pogba.

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