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Manchester United: Alex Crook discusses possible postponement following club news

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TalkSport journalist Alex Crook has provided an update on the situation surrounding Manchester United and the health of their players.

Manchester United continued their challenge for a top-four spot this past weekend as a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty saw them claim all three points at Carrow Road.

However, after the game, it was revealed that some players may have become infected and that their upcoming game against Brentford could very well be in doubt, with reports emerging later on Monday suggesting the club were in talks with the Premier League over possibly postponing the match.

Speaking on the TalkSport GameDay podcast prior to the latest reports, Crook outlined the timeline of events from the weekend for the Red Devils and believed that due to the way Manchester United have handled the matter in the aftermath of the test results, the game against the Bees could very much be in jeopardy.

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He said: “The fact that United have already notified the Premier League of these positive tests suggests that maybe they’re laying the foundations for some kind of postponement.

“My understanding is that all of the United travelling party that made their way to Carrow Road took lateral flow tests before boarding the coach, they were all negative, and then they were tested again after the game and there were some positive tests – those players kept away from the training ground on Sunday.”

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A postponement like this could be bad news for Manchester United. Whilst there is the obvious health situation to be dealt with, they are also on a pretty decent run of form at the moment, having not lost a game since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure.

To have a game like this postponed and ruin their momentum could end up being a pretty significant setback for them in their chase for the top four and Champions League football, with every point looking like it’s going to count given how close things are right now.

What would be even worse is if the game had to be postponed until later in the season where they could have to deal with fixture congestion when players are beginning to fatigue. So hopefully the further tests and results come back better for them so that the game can go ahead and they can continue their recent run.

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