Manchester United have acted quickly to fill their diary after yesterday’s cancellation of a practice match against Stoke City.
The two clubs were poised to play a friendly at United’s Carrington training ground when the game was dramatically scrapped.
That, as it later transpired, was because Stoke had learned that manager Michael O’Neill had tested positive for coronavirus in a test carried out the day before.
Stoke’s players, who had driven themselves separately to Carrington in line with current procedures, immediately u-turned and headed out of the complex before coming into contact with any United players.
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Now it is being reported that United have arranged two games for this Friday – both against West Bromwich Albion – to give their players a chance to blow off the cobwebs ahead of their Premier League return against Tottenham next week.
Stoke, meanwhile, are left to prepare without their manager after O’Neill was forced into isolation for at least a week.
Sources close to the manager say he is feeling fine, however, and hopeful of a swift return to arms ahead of Stoke’s clash at Reading on Saturday week.