A number of people at Manchester United have been affected by a recent coronavirus breakout.
Some members of Olé Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching crew are believed to have been hit by the virus on Sunday, ahead of the game against Newcastle.
The likes of Michael Carrick, Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna were all missing from the dugout, and in their stead, head of first team development, Nicky Butt, and Academy coach, Mark Dempsey, were brought in to assist Solskjaer, while third choice goalie, Lee Grant, stepped in as goalkeeper coach.
United didn’t name those involved, but insisted no players were affected by the breakout.
When asked about the development, Solskjaer told the media, “We’ve got good staff elsewhere. Of course it was a different preparation for the boys, but that’s the situation we are in. We have to be ready and we were ready. We’ll have to follow the protocols.”
The breakout didn’t have any impact on the outcome of the game, however, as United beat the Magpies, to maintain the 10 point gap between United and Manchester City.