Man Utd ‘worried’ about Europa League clash with Inter amid coronavirus fears

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful his side can avoid Inter Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League amid fears of a coronavirus epidemic.

The Red Devils advanced past Club Brugge on Thursday night and will find out their next opponents at lunchtime today.

Italy has been the European country worst affected by the virus with a host of sporting events cancelled as they look to contain the situation.

And the Norwegian is wise to the dangers posed and expressed concerns over a possible tie with Antonio Conte's Inter as a result.

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"I think the whole world has to think differently and be aware of the virus,' said Solskjaer.

"I think we'll definitely look at things. You can see what happens in Italy with the games and I think it's a worry for everyone. We've got to take the precautions we need to."

Roma are the other Italian team still in the draw but the country's capital is based in the south.

Milan though is far closer to the northern part of the country that has been put on lockdown as they look to manage the situation.

Inter played the second leg of their Europa League tie with Ludogorets last night behind closed doors at the San Siro. The Serie A side will also play their vital clash against Juventus in Turin this weekend with no fans present.

A host of rugby games including Ireland's game with Italy have been called off as fellow European countries look to guard against the virus and protect public health.

Outside of Europe Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix has been cancelled with the World Athletics Indoor Championships suffering the same fate.

  • Manchester United FC
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Inter Milan FC
  • Europa League
  • Coronavirus

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