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Daily Star Sport understands that Stoke players, as well United stars, began arriving between 10am-11.30am although O’Neill was not spotted by photographers.

Stoke players turned up at Carrington for a match ahead of the return of football though departed en masse shortly when the fixture was cancelled.

Stoke were due to face Manchester United in a friendly today but left Carrington before kick-off and it’s now been revealed that manager Michael O’Neill tested positive for Covid-19

Stoke boss Michael O’Neill has tested positive for Covid-19

Manchester United went on to have an inter-squad training session

O’Neill’s positive test comes despite the former Northern Ireland boss having tested negative in the previous five rounds of testing.

Stoke boss Michael O’Neill has tested positive for Covid-19 with the Potters having been due to face Manchester United in a friendly today.

At around 12.10pm, the entire Stoke squad left en masse with United confirming that the Potters had been the one to cancel the match.

“He will now follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation, whilst continuing to be in regular virtual contact with his coaching staff and players.

“O’Neill had tested negative in the previous five rounds of testing.

A statement from the Championship club read: “Stoke City can confirm that manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus following the latest round of testing on Monday (June 8).

O’Neill is in his first season in charge of Stoke, having taken over in November.

“The Club will be making no further comment on this matter.”

“Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training as the Potters prepare for their game against Reading on June 20.

Nobody from the Stoke travelling party is believed to have interacted with anyone at Manchester United following their arrival at Carrington.

He impressed since his appointment, guiding the side towards safety following a poor start to the season under Nathan Jones.

Stoke boss Michael O’Neill has tested positive for Covid-19

Manchester United went on to have an inter-squad training session

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