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United’s friendly with Stoke canceled after COVID-19 case

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Manchester United had to cancel their behind closed door friendly with Stoke after they were alerted to a positive COVID-19 test.

At the very last minute, United and Stoke had to abandon the planned friendly taking place at the AON Training Complex.

As both sides were going through final preparations at the Manchester facility news broke that Stokes manager Michale O’Neill tested positive for COVID-19.

Reports suggest there had been no contact between the two sets of opposing players and the Championship side left as quick as they arrived.

The Potters confirmed the details in a statement on their official website.

The statement read:

“Stoke City can confirm that manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus following the latest round of testing on Monday (June 8).”

“O’Neill had tested negative in the previous five rounds of testing.”

“He will now follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation, whilst continuing to be in regular virtual contact with his coaching staff and players.”

“Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training as the Potters prepare for their game against Reading on June 20.”

United have not made any official statement but apparently conducted another in house match among the first-team squad.