Less than 48 hours before the friendly was set to take place, Manchester United have had to pull out of the trip to Deepdale after a Covid outbreak in their squad.
Ticket sales had gone well ahead of what was set to be Preston’s first game back in front of fans at Deepdale since March 2020. United May have played a few of their stars from Euro 2020 as well so it would have been an enjoyable fixture.
Fans will have to wait until the season kicks off now, with the Championship fixture against Hull City allowing them back into Deepdale.
This is the second time in a week a pre-season game has been affected by Covid. They had to play Manchester City behind closed doors after they had reported a few cases. This could become the norm this season, with games at risk of being cancelled with minimal notice.
Preston do still have another friendly to look forward to as they travel to Wigan tomorrow evening. Frankie McAvoy will presumably have planned to split the squad for the two games but his plans will have altered now. As things stand it will be their last friendly before the season kicks off.