MAnchester United’s match against Newcastle will take place tonight despite a Covid epidemic which will see several technical staff miss the match.
It is not believed that Manchester United players will be forced to stay out of the game, with the club insisting they will not provide the names of anyone who has caught the virus or has been forced to self-isolate.
The club insist that all medical matters are confidential and will not make any further comment on the matter, simply confirming the change in the shelter and confirming that the game will proceed.
A statement issued on Sunday morning read: “Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench tonight due to the fact that some of the coaching staff have to isolate themselves.
“The Premier League home game against Newcastle United at Old Trafford will start at 19:00 GMT.”
Newcastle were one of the top clubs hardest hit when they suffered a Covid outbreak in November and a total of 19 cases have hit the club, including staff and players.
Whether Manchester United have managed to contain the issue remains to be seen, but the fact that the game is going suggests the players have returned negative tests at this point.
Newcastle are in desperate need of the points after Fulham’s victory over Sheffield United on Saturday reduced their lead in relegation places to just three points.
“Every game in the Premier League is tough,” Solskjaer said on the club’s official website. “You have to earn the right. You must do it by your quality but above all by your attitude.
“Run more than them, want it more than them and we have players who have quality, so I hope we can take the risk.
“[Newcastle manager] Steve Bruce is always welcome at Old Trafford.
“He did a really good job, of course. It’s tight there, but I think in the last few weeks they’ve found a different way to play as well.
“Bring Graham [Jones] in, they tried a diamond, they were more adventurous so I don’t know what kind of play he’s going to put up, but I know Brucie will do anything for three points.