Man United will not play Brentford this evening due to a Covid-19 outbreak.
Obviously, it always sucks when Manchester United aren’t playing. There’s an air of excitement when our beloved Red Devils are in action – but tonight, that has been taken away from us.
This fixture will likely be played in 2022 now, though our 20-time Premier League champions will be worrying about fixture pile-up later on in the campaign.
Alas, United can only do so much. We don’t know how many players are struggling badly with the virus so it always felt like the safe thing to do – particularly as we don’t want to go infecting Brentford’s squad with Covid-19 either.
On the face of it, this is a pretty terrible situation. However, there are three positives we can take away from his.
Ralf Rangnick has more time to implement ideas and tactics
Our new manager has only been in place for a fortnight. This is a complete change in tactic and style for the whole squad. Although we looked sharp against Crystal Palace, our players looked a little lost against Norwich City this weekend.
With a full week of training under their belts (minus the 24-hour period where Carrington was closed due to Covid-19), the lads will be in a far better position.
These things take time to implement and if the players are willing to learn, this seven-day period without a game will work wonders in the long run.
Players have an extra week to work back from injury
As you all know, United have been struggling on the injury front recently. The likes of Raphael Varane, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba have all been sidelined.
With this postponement, there’s every chance all three of these will be fit to play this game when the fixture is eventually rearranged. On top of that, it just means these guys have some more time to try and get back fit and healthy without missing any games.
Cavani seems to be the closest to a return. Who knows, if United vs Brighton does go ahead this weekend there’s a good chance El Matador could be amongst the subs.
It’s a week off to get those legs feeling fresh again
United looked tired against Norwich City. With the games set to come thick and fast, this week without a fixture could be massively beneficial to us over the winter schedule.
Now everyone gets a week off without putting their body through a 90-minute match. That could be a quietly-positive factor as we go through this hectic period over the next month.
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