Ed Woodward expresses coronavirus concern as he discusses Man Utd plan

Manchester United chief Ed Woodward admits they will follow guidance offered by the powers that be as the club monitor the coronavirus situation.

The illness continues to be a global problem with it now spreading to Europe and in particular Italy after originally starting out in China.

The Asian country has seen 77,658 reported cases of the virus with 2,663 people dying because of it.

Sport has taken measures to prevent it spreading further with Four Serie A fixtures postponed at the weekend and Inter Milan's Europa League clash against Ludogorets will be played behind closed doors.

Six Nations rugby fixtures are also in doubts after the Pro14 cancelled trips for Irish and Welsh teams to Italy.

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United could be handed European ties in Italy and continue to be a massive draw in China, a frequent location for their summer pre-season tours, but Woodward is keeping a close eye on the situation.

"Our thoughts go out to everyone in China and other countries affected by it," United's executive vice-chairman told PA .

"We've got many supporters obviously in China and the rest of Asia, and staff in Hong Kong so our first concern is for people's welfare.

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"It's a very fluid situation and we're monitoring closely. We're aware of the impact to sporting events in Asia and what's obviously been happening in Italy in the last two days.

"But, to date, we haven't seen any disruption to sporting events in the UK and we are continuing to monitor the situation and will follow any and all guidance from the relevant authorities, including the Premier League and UEFA."

United are yet to confirm the location of this summer's pre-season tour but will no doubt be cautious about heading east with the situation far from contained.

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