After a coronavirus outbreak within the club’s coaching staff just hours before the match, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was without his three key assistants for Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey had to step in to join Solskjaer’s staff on the bench after Michael Carrick, Mike Phelan, and Kieran McKenna all missed the game.
Coach Darren Fletcher was also absent while United’s reserve keeper Lee Grant had to fill in as goalkeeping coach alongside Nathan Bishop with regular coaches Richard Hartis and Craig Mawson also forced to miss the match.
United confirmed earlier on Sunday that a number of their first-team coaches would miss the match at Old Trafford as they had to go into self-isolation.
A club statement read: ‘Nicky Butt and Mark Dempsey will join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench this evening due to some of the coaching staff having to isolate.’
Sunday’s match never seemed to be in any doubt of being called off as the outbreak appeared to have solely disrupted the backroom staff at United.
Those involved are said to have tested positive for Covid-19 last week – and were not in attendance for United’s Europa League win against Real Sociedad in midweek.