Manchester United today canceled the formation of its first team following drastic measures to counter the epidemic of coronavirus announced by the British government.
MEN reported Sunday that United players were due to return to their Carrington training complex on Tuesday after two days off, but on Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged everyone in the country to avoid unnecessary social contact as part of their social distancing measures. .
A United spokesman told MEN: “In light of government advice and the changing situation, the team is not resuming training today.” It is understood that United players have been temporarily granted three days off and have taken part in personalized fitness programs.
United had originally planned for players to show up normally for training, with days off over the next few weeks. Some players were spotted on a mission this weekend, when they had to travel to Tottenham Hotspur for their Premier League match.
The English football calendar has been suspended until April 3 and the Premier League will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to plan for the rest of the season.
Players from United who were not on international service this month would have been granted leave for the week beginning March 23, but all international matches have been canceled.
The World Health Organization has declared that Europe has become the “ epicenter ” of the coronavirus epidemic and United had 14 Britons, two Spaniards, two French, two Portuguese, a Serb and a Dutchman in their first team.
United Odion forward Ighalo arrived at the club’s Carrington training complex on Friday morning wearing a mask and gloves. Ighalo did not enter United’s training ground for 14 days in early February after arriving from China, where the coronavirus originated.