“The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors.”
United said that sessions at the club’s Carrington training ground were to be suspended for a “short period” to help reduce further transmission.
It is the second rearrangement in a matter of hours, as the league announced earlier on Thursday that Leicester City’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur, scheduled to be played later in the day, had also been postponed due to “an increase in positive Covid-19 cases within Leicester’s squad.”
On Thursday, Brentford manager Thomas Frank urged the league to postpone the full round of league games this coming weekend — December 18 to December 19 — to allow clubs to contain Covid-19 outbreaks.
“The Covid cases are going through the roof at all Premier League clubs,” Frank told a news conference.
“To postpone this round (of Premier League games) […] would give everyone a week at least to clean and do everything at the training ground so everything is fine and we break the chain at every club,” added the Danish coach.
The Premier League did not immediately respond to CNN when asked about Frank’s comments.