Manchester United confirm no positive coronavirus cases within first-team group after friendly called off

Manchester United's pre-season friendly against Preston on Saturday was called off over a coronavirus precaution at the Premier League club; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team squad can now resume training after further testing has taken place

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Image: Manchester United have confirmed no positive coronavirus tests among the first team group have been identified.

Manchester United have confirmed no positive coronavirus cases among the first-team group have been found after their friendly against Preston was called off.

United were due to face the Championship side in a pre-season match on Saturday, however the decision was made not to play after a small number of suspected positive coronavirus cases were identified on Thursday.

The club said: "After further testing yesterday [Thursday] and today [Friday], we can confirm that there are no positive cases within the first-team group.

"Following consultation with the Premier League, they are satisfied that all COVID protocols have been followed correctly and the squad can return to training immediately."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have played three pre-season matches so far, including a 2-2 draw against Brentford at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

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Marcus Rashford is set to miss at least the first two months of the season after Manchester United confirmed the forward will undergo surgery imminently to resolve his shoulder injury.

The England international could be back training within five weeks of surgery but it would be approximately 12 weeks until he returned to action, potentially ruling him out until late October.

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