Man Utd consider change of pre-season plans due to coronavirus outbreak
Manchester United will consider the global coronavirus situation before confirming their summer pre-season schedule, according to reports.
Red Devils chiefs are yet to announce their 2020/21 pre-season tour plans, but it is believed they were due to play a friendly match out in India at some point this summer.
The coronavirus outbreak, which has affected over 95,000 people across the world, is already having a major impact on the global sporting calendar – with all events in Italy to be carried out behind closed doors until April 3.
England’s Six Nations Rugby clash with Italy on March 14 has also been postponed as a result of the virus.
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According to the Manchester Evening News , United officials are monitoring the evolving situation around the coronavirus outbreak on a ‘day-by-day’ basis after seeing the number of confirmed cases in Greater Manchester increase to nine.
There have been 88 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, which is roughly 0.09 per cent of the total amount globally.
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If the virus remains rife in the coming months, United may be forced to scrap their pre-season tour and carry out friendly fixtures closer to home.
Borussia Dortmund have already pulled out of their summer tour of Asia this week amid growing fears over the outbreak.
The Swiss football league has also been placed on hold until March 23.
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The Premier League have been in contact with the government’s public health experts and written to all 20 clubs advising them on contingency plans to deal with the spread of the virus.
It is believed some teams have banned handshakes between players and staff, while also urging them not to sign autographs or pose for pictures.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about the coronavirus last week ahead of the Europa League last-16 draw.
“I think the whole world has to think differently and be aware of the virus,” Solskjaer said.
“I think we’ll definitely look at things when we do. You can see what happens in Italy with the games and I think it’s a worry for everyone."
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