Manchester United’s FA Youth Cup game against Salford City, scheduled for Wednesday night, has been suspended.
Last season’s tournament was forced to be concluded in November due to the impact of COVID in 2020 which saw professional sport put on hold for a number of months.
Manchester City beat Chelsea in the final with third-round matches for this year’s competition due to take place this week.
Salford were handed a dream tie against United but that fixture has been postponed.
A statement issued by Salford read: “Tomorrow’s [Wednesday] FA Youth Cup game against Manchester United will no longer go ahead due to The FA’s decision to suspend the competition.”
The Football Association confirmed the 2020/21 competition would be temporarily postponed in line with the UK government’s national COVID-19 lockdown following discussions with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Their statement said: “The health and wellbeing of players and staff are of paramount importance and we intend to resume the national competition once the UK Government’s current national COVID-19 lockdown concludes and it is deemed safer for clubs to travel.
“The FA Youth Participation & Development Committee, which is responsible for management of the competition, will continue to review the situation and we will provide further updates at the earliest opportunity.”
There is currently no indication as to when the game will be rescheduled for. The latest lockdown restrictions are set to be reviewed in the middle of February.