Manchester United icon Andrei Kanchelskis is recovering in Uzbekistan, having tested positive for Covid-19.

Kanchelskis, who shone at Old Trafford in the early Nineties, stood down as manager of Navbahor Namangan as he recovers from the virus.

A number of his players also tested positive, according to the Mirror, with Kanchelskis isolating in a hotel in Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital.

Kanchelskis, 51, said: “I am gradually feeling better and already have an appetite, plus my voice and body is recovering.

“The main thing is that there is no temperature. I recently measured it at 36.9, but during the first days I stayed here it was 37, so I did not feel very comfortable.

Andrei Kanchelskis shone at Old Trafford in the early Nineties
Andrei Kanchelskis shone at Old Trafford in the early Nineties

“Now I am in a hotel in Tashkent; tomorrow I am going to do a full examination and I will pass all the tests.

“If everything goes well, I will go to Namangan, and if not, I will probably be hospitalised, but I think it will not come to that.”

His son appeared to confirm the news as he responded to a fan on social media.

Andrei Kanchelskis Jr tweeted: “Thank you, he’s getting better, but still needs treatment and care.”

Kanchelskis has spent time in Russia and Latvia in recent years while also holding talks with Derry City about becoming their manager in 2015.

The Ukrainian won the Premier League twice under Sir Alex Ferguson before going on to win the Scottish Premiership twice with Rangers.

Andrei Kanchelskis also impressed during his time with Rangers
Andrei Kanchelskis also impressed during his time with Rangers

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Having also starred for Everton, the former winger is the only player to have scored in Manchester, Merseyside and Old Firm derbies.

He previously said: “My goal was always to become a manager after I finished playing and to manage in England is my dream.

“Now I have my UEFA Pro license, and with the experiences I have had, I believe I’m one step closer to managing in England and am open to any opportunities that come my way.”