Why has the match between Brentford and Manchester United been postponed, and when will it be rescheduled?

MANCHESTER UNITED were aiming for their fourth straight Premier League victory as they prepared to face Brentford tonight.

Norwich was beaten 1-0 at Carrow Road last time out, but Ralf Rangnick has made an unbeaten start to his tenure as interim manager.

Brentford, meanwhile, are in the top half of the Premier League table after a fantastic start to their first season - but the two teams will not meet this evening.

The UK is bracing for another coronavirus outbreak, with the Omicron variant now prevalent in some parts of the country.

On Monday, the Premier League recorded 42 positive cases, the most since the pandemic began.

Man United had their tests done on Sunday, and four of the players who played in the win over Norwich had positive results.

As a result, tonight's game has been rescheduled.

The first team's training ground was closed today, and the club contacted the Premier League to request that the game be postponed.

"The Premier League Board has decided to postpone Brentford's home match against Manchester United, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 14 December at 19.30 GMT," read a statement from the Premier League.

"Due to the exceptional circumstances of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Manchester United's squad, the decision was made on the advice of medical advisers."

There is no confirmed date for the match at this time.

Both teams have a busy festive schedule ahead of them, so this game may have to wait a few weeks, but it's likely that the Premier League will want to play it before United resumes their Champions League schedule in February.

"Following PCR confirmation of positive LFT Covid-19 tests among the first-team staff and players, the outbreak requires ongoing surveillance," United said in a statement.

"First-team operations at the Carrington Training Complex were closed for 24 hours to help reduce the risk of further infection, and individuals who tested positive are being isolated in accordance with Premier League protocols."

"Given the cancellation of training and the resulting disruption to the squad, the Club requested that the match be rescheduled, putting the health of the players and staff first."

Based on medical advice, the Premier League Board decided to postpone the match.

"Manchester United regrets the inconvenience caused by Covid-19 to Brentford FC and their fans."

"The match will be rescheduled as soon as possible."

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