Man Utd hit by Covid-19 crisis with positive tests in camp before Newcastle game

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Members of Manchester United’s coaching staff have tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss tonight’s game with Newcastle as they have been forced to self-isolate.

The Red Devils have been struck by a fresh Covid-19 crisis ahead of the Premier League match, which will still go ahead at 7pm.

Up to three first-team coaches are understood to have been affected.

And as a result, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's bench will have a different look to it at Old Trafford this evening.

The club said in a statement: “Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench this evening due to some of the coaching staff having to self isolate.

“The home Premier League game against Newcastle United at Old Trafford will kick off at 19:00 GMT.”

The coaches returned positive tests last week and did not travel to Turin for the Europa League round of 16 first-leg tie against Real Sociedad on Thursday which United won 4-0.

The AON Training Centre at Carrington has been given a deep clean but players are still able to attend there and will do so today.

Solskjaer's backroom team consists of Mike Phelan, Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, and Kieran McKenna.

But there is no indication as to who has contracted Covid-19 and the cases will not be named for privacy reasons.

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