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United’s Premier League game at Brentford on Tuesday night was postponed after the club shut down first-team operations at their Carrington training base.

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United shut down first-team operations at their Carrington training complex last weekend (Martin Rickett/PA)

United shut down first-team operations at their Carrington training complex last weekend (Martin Rickett/PA)

United shut down first-team operations at their Carrington training complex last weekend (Martin Rickett/PA)

THE scale of the Covid-19 outbreak at Manchester United can be revealed with 19 positive cases recorded across players and staff at the club.

United’s Premier League game at Brentford on Tuesday night was postponed after the club shut down first-team operations at their Carrington training base on Monday for 24 hours in a bid to minimise the further spread of the virus.

Although Carrington re-opened yesterday and those players available to interim manager Ralf Rangnick resumed training, United remain in ongoing talks with the Premier League over the status of their squad ahead of Saturday’s game at home to Brighton, who are wrestling with their own Covid outbreak but still lined up against Wolves on Wednesday night.

After the Brighton game, United’s next fixture is the trip to Newcastle on December 27.

A total of 19 players and staff at United are currently self-isolating after a wave of positive tests since the weekend, although it is understood that not all of the cases relate to immediate first-team personnel. United would not comment when asked about the number of positive cases.

The women team’s and academy operations at Carrington stayed open during the partial closure.

It remains to be seen if United’s game with Brighton goes ahead but the Premier League has rejected requests from Leicester and Tottenham for their match at the King Power Stadium on Thursday evening to be postponed due to coronavirus problems.

Watford’s game with Burnley at Turf Moor last night was postponed on medical advice after it emerged that Watford’s ongoing outbreak had left them with an “insufficient number of first-team players available to fulfil the match”, but the Premier League are treating each situation on a case-by-case basis.

Manchester United have one of the biggest first-team squads in the Premier League, with 17 players reported to have been in training at their Carrington base on Wednesday.

Some players were in to do rehabilitation and conditioning work as they recover from injuries.

Under the Premier League’s new emergency protocols, players were tested for Covid-19 in their cars as they arrived and could not leave their vehicles until a negative test had been confirmed.

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