Manchester United join rivals Man City in pledge not to furlough non-playing staff during coronavirus pandemic

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In what will be seen as some good news in the corridors of Old Trafford, Manchester United are expected to shortly announce that they have no intention of furloughing their 900 or so non-playing staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Daily Mail, sources are expected to confirm the news later this week, and it means that the Red Devils will have joined their city rivals, Manchester City, in definitively pledging that all non-playing staff will be paid in full for however long the current, unprecedented situation, lasts.

The government scheme ensures that 80 per cent of salaries will be paid up to £2,500 per month from the public purse, and this is being done in a bid to keep workers employed rather than businesses having to make mass redundancies.

The likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle have already furloughed staff leading to widespread criticism, per the Daily Mail, and whilst United won’t be pledging their assistance to score points, the move certainly puts them in a more favourable light.