Manchester United players don’t seem to be following the latest rules (Photo: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his players’ jubilation after yesterday’s victory over Burnley, but warned that top-level football could fail if the updated Covid-19 rules continue to be ignored.

The Premier League has sought to impose strict rules to combat the growing number of infections which have contributed to a number of contractual obligations being broken.

Chorley’s players were criticised for the unruly scenes in the dressing room that accompanied Saturday’s FA Cup Derby victory, while the crowd that gathered to cheer on the Marines’ players ahead of the draw with Tottenham was also a cause for concern.

Under the new rules, players are no longer allowed to touch each other unnecessarily and substitutes must now wear masks.

And Avi Lasarov, director of Prenetics EMEA, which runs the best flight testing program in the 20 clubs, believes that the proposals should be taken into account to continue the season without too much disruption.

He told the Daily Star: The Premier League is in constant contact with clubs about screening, which is just one element of protection against a pandemic.

We operate in a wide range of industries and our mission is to provide services to our customers. Protocols are the key to success, and they exist for a reason. They should always be watched and listened to.

United players, meanwhile, were naturally delighted with the three points at Turfgrass, which secured them a place at the top of the table ahead of Sunday’s top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool and Solskjaer, although supporters will remind them of their obligations for the trip to Anfield.

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He said: It’s an emotional game, but we have to understand the players when they encourage us. But we also understand that there is concern that there will be less emotion and cuddling now, but it’s hard because football is the best and worst thing about you.

When you score a goal, you want to celebrate with your teammates. We will do everything in our power to meet the guidelines, of course we will, because I think we all want football to be safe.

I think this is a relief for many people, but we understand the situation the country is in.

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MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unfortunate goal from Harry Maguire in Manchester United’s first leg win over Burnley.

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