Manchester United have made sure that at least some good has come out of their postponed Premier League game with Brighton at Old Trafford by donating unused food, flowers and hospitality gifts to charity.
United have also shut down first-team operations at their Carrington training ground until early next week to try and stem the tide of positive results.
Manchester United’s game against Brighton was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak
The club will close their training ground next week as they aim to stop the spread of the virus
Preparations for the Brighton game and a full-house at Old Trafford were well underway when the match was called off on Thursday with United having only seven players available.
But the club were determined not to let everything go to waste and made use of as much as they could to aid charity in the build-up to Christmas.
More than 4,000 items of food including fresh sandwiches, fruit and vegetables, have been donated to local food banks.
Ralf Rangnick’s side have donated sandwiches, fruit and vegetables to local food banks
Food from the Manchester United hospitality suites was donated following the postponement
In addition, flowers and gifts from the hospitality suites at Old Trafford have been given to St Ann’s Hospice and local charities respectively.
It follows a joint donation of £100,000 by the club and the Manchester United Foundation to food charity FareShare that was announced earlier this week.
Collette Roche, United’s chief operating officer, Manchester United, said at the time: ‘We are proud of the work Manchester United Foundation does to support our local community and this has never been more important than it is now with so many households facing a tough winter.
‘Manchester United is pleased to be making this joint donation with the Foundation to FareShare Greater Manchester and we invite our fans to unite with us behind this crucial cause.’