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The Red Devils were forced to abandon a match with Stoke at their Carrington training centre
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Manchester United had a scare at their Carrington training ground on Tuesday as a friendly was cancelled at the last minute after Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill tested positive for coronavirus.

The two clubs had arranged a behind-closed-doors friendly at United’s training base as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side step up preparations ahead of the return of the Premier League, beginning with a visit to Tottenham on June 19.

Players from both teams were spotted arriving at United’s training base only for the Stoke players to leave shortly after, before a ball was kicked.

Man Utd friendly called off at last minute after Stoke boss O’Neill tests positive for coronavirus

21:37 09/06/2020

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The Red Devils were forced to abandon a match with Stoke at their Carrington training centre

Manchester United had a scare at their Carrington training ground on Tuesday as a friendly was cancelled at the last minute after Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill tested positive for coronavirus.

The two clubs had arranged a behind-closed-doors friendly at United’s training base as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side step up preparations ahead of the return of the Premier League, beginning with a visit to Tottenham on June 19.

Players from both teams were spotted arriving at United’s training base only for the Stoke players to leave shortly after, before a ball was kicked.

It is understood Stoke were preparing for the game in the Academy Building when news filtered through from the EFL of a positive Covid test which had been taken the day before in preparation for the restart of the Championship.

The visiting players left the training ground and Solskjaer’s side continued with their preparations including an inter-squad game. It is understood Stoke players and staff had not come into contact with any United players or staff due to safety protocols that are currently in place at the training ground.

Stoke announced on Tuesday evening that it was O’Neill who had produced the positive test and the manager will now enter a period of isolation as the team continue preparations for a return to play.

“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),” the club said in a statement. “O’Neill had tested negative in the previous five rounds of testing.

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