Manchester United’s first team manager Olè Gunnar Solskjaer and Women’s team manager, Casey Stone have issued fans of the club a warning amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In their message, Olè and Casey urged fans to stay at home and take care of each other and their families, and accept advice from the government as regards how to stay safe and survive the Covid-19 pandemic.
Football in Europe has been affected by the coronavirus outbreak, with both the Euros 2020 and the Premier League suspended.
The Euros has been moved to 2021, and the Premier League is expected to resume by April 30. That resumption date has been deemed unrealistic by many, and the possibility of another extensive is being considered.
In an open letter, Olè and Casey called on fans to follow the rules, while giving an update on the situation of things at the club.
The letter reads: “Firstly, on behalf of everyone at Manchester United, our thoughts are with anyone who has been directly affected by this virus and everyone dealing with the impact of it.
“All of our gratitude goes to the healthcare staff working on the frontline of the NHS here in the UK and in hospitals around the world at this particular difficult time.
“We all have to adjust – fans, players, coaches – to a new way of living, without our fix of football, although we all agree that everyone’s health and wellbeing at this time is much more important.
“These are unprecedented times and we now need to all come together to combat this global pandemic. It is important for everyone to follow government guidelines to help control the spread of COVID-19, wherever you are in the world.
“That’s what we’re doing at Manchester United, with all our players now training at home, following individual programmes and using technology to stay in touch with our medical, fitness and coaching staff.
“For everyone’s wellbeing we all need to change out behavior and look at new ways of communicating. We are lucky that many of us have access to technology that enables us to video call people so we can still see our friends and family without being face to face. By making these changes, or simply making sure we call and not visit or meet in person, we can all help save lives.
“We’re all looking forward to the football season resuming when it’s safe to do so. Until then, we need to be united in looking after ourselves, our families and supporting our local communities. Stay safe, stay home and we hope to see you all soon.”