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Man Utd’s rivals ‘frustrated’ with poor vaccination rate compared to Liverpool

A number of other Premier League outfits are beginning to grow frustrated as Manchester United struggle to convince members of their playing squad to get the Covid vaccine

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Premier League giants Manchester United still have plenty of players within their ranks who remain unvaccinated against coronavirus, much to the annoyance of other sides in the league.

While some outfits in the division are close to having their entire squad fully vaccinated against the virus, United’s numbers are lagging behind.

Liverpool and Leeds are thought to be two sides that have seen the bulk of their players agree to get the jab, while Wolves and newly-promoted Brentford boast similar kind of numbers in terms of vaccination rate.

However, there is reportedly still plenty of hesitancy from Premier League players when it comes to getting the vaccine – nearly two-thirds of players within the league yet to receive both vaccines, while many have flat-out refused.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fully vaccinated, but insisted he can not force his players to do the same ( Image:

Getty Images) A recent report from The Times claims that the lack of willingness from United’s stars to get the jab has frustrated a number of other sides in the league as they view United as the most influential club in the country.

United’s vaccination statistics fall drastically short of the likes of Liverpool and Leeds, while recent data has revealed that just seven teams are more than 50 per cent fully vaccinated in the league, despite the fact more than 25 per cent of squads have suffered some kind of Covid outbreak since the pandemic started.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone public with the fact that he is vaccinated, but insisted he can not force any of his players to do the same.

Speaking at the end of August, Solskjaer said: “They [the players] are not all double jabbed, no. I am, put it that way.

“I encourage the lads to take the vaccination but we can’t force anyone to do that. We’re still wanting everyone to be double-jabbed and it’s up to them, and it’s still possible to take them.”

A Premier League document stated: “We are considering if and how best we can “reward” those squads/players who are most Covid-compliant and who have opted to be vaccinated.”

Whether any kind of incentive could spark an increase in the number of United players who get the vaccine remains to be seen.

Rumours have begun to circulate that members of the England squad are against the vaccination, with John Stones’ girlfriend Olivia Naylor recently sharing an anti-vaxx message to her 45,000 Instagram followers.

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Jurgen Klopp has explained his views on the Covid vaccine, comparing it to drink driving laws ( Image:

Football Daily) It is not yet known whether Stones is one of the England players against the idea of getting the jab, or his general stance on the vaccine.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who lost his mother to Covid-19, has claimed that the vaccine is about protecting others.

“We’ve all probably been in the situation where we had a beer or two and thought we still could drive but the law says we’re not allowed to, so we don’t.

“This law is not for protecting me, it’s for protecting all the other people. The vaccination is the same.”

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