The teams were scheduled to meet in Deepdale on Saturday but the pre-season game was canceled Thursday night after United reported “suspected positive cases” earlier in the day after side flow tests.

More testing has been done since then and United posted an update on Friday afternoon.

A statement on United’s official website said: “After further testing yesterday (Thursday) and today (Friday) we can confirm that there are no positive cases within the first team group.

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“After consulting with the Premier League, they are satisfied that all Covid protocols have been followed correctly and that the squad can return to training immediately.”

The fact that the friendly game had to be abandoned so late was a severe blow to North End.

A decent crowd was expected as United’s 3,000 allotment sold out.

It would have been the first time PNE fans would have been allowed into Deepdale for 511 days due to government restrictions during the pandemic.

North End will play Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Friday evening (7.30 p.m.).

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