The coronavirus is spreading rapidly around England and the Premier League has given Manchester United a major update on the virus’ impact.
These are poignant and anxious times. The unprecedented spread of the coronavirus around the world has made a profound impact on all of our lives. Naturally, Manchester United will be impacted by the perpetual changes which will comes as a result of the virus.
Already the club has felt some minor impacts, initially it was the Premier League discouraging the pre-match handshake and then it was the Red Devils having to play their Europa League fixture behind closed doors against LASK.
There have been rumours however that if the virus spreads further it could have even bigger ramifications on the Premier League and United’ season.
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With the coronavirus having now spread to Premier League managers and players including Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi, it seemed more and more likely that stricter restrictions will be imposed by the league.
And now those restrictions have been confirmed by the Premier League.
The football association has confirmed via their official website that all football will be suspended until the 3rd April.
It means United will be out of action for three weeks.
The Red Devils’ next game will be against Brighton away on the 4th April.
In addition United’s UEFA Europa League second leg fixture at Old Trafford against LASK which was due to be played next week has also been postponed indefinitely.
Currently there are no suspected cases within the Manchester United squad.
How the season will play out from hereon will depend on the severity of the situation. Right now human lives are at risk and the health and wellbeing of others is more paramount than football.
The likelihood is that the suspended fixtures will be played in the summer and the EUROs could be delayed by a year.
These uncertain times are extremely anxiety provoking and without the escapism of football to lean towards, some may struggle.
We can only hope the situation gets better and our beloved Manchester United returns to action as soon as the situation permits it.
In the meantime to cope with the intense tension amidst increased government pressures reminisce about old United games or delve into United documentaries which may somewhat fill the void.
For more information about coronavirus please check guidelines on the World Health Organisation’s website.