Manchester United News: More than just three points were carried back from Moldova by the Red Devils; they also apparently brought food poisoning.
On their first visit to the Eastern European nation, United defeated FC Sheriff 2-0 in the Europa League on Thursday night. Erik ten Hag’s team recovered from their competition opening round loss to Real Sociedad. Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the record Premier League Champions.
United put in a professional performance and continued to show signs of chemistry under their new management. However, The Sun reported that 12 of the travelling party started to feel sick upon their return on Friday morning.
After the game, United immediately departed Chisinau on a private jet. However, they still fell ill with an unidentified disease. It is thought to have been caused by either something they ate or the aircraft itself.
Manchester United News: International break comes as a relief
Some players didn’t show up for the Friday recovery training session at Carrington. Some weren’t well enough to show up the following day.
The home game against Leeds United, which was initially scheduled for Sunday, was postponed, which was a blessing for Ten Hag. Due to a shortage of police officers before the Queen’s formal burial on Monday at Westminster Abbey, the game had to be postponed.
None of the United players are said to have been hindered by their illness. They will be joining up with their respective national teams during the international break.
Marcus Rashford and Sancho were not included in Gareth Southgate’s England team for the upcoming friendlies against Italy and Germany. However, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw will represent the Three Lions.
What did Erik Ten Hag say?
Ten Hag intends to continue his work on the practice pitch during the two-week break. “It has great value. After the Sheriff’s victory, he added, “We have many meetings, and we need to enhance the structures inside and outside the club.
We will also make plans for the future and look out the window in January or next summer to better our playing style. Naturally, there are these times right after a game. However, we have to be prepared for them and let’s say 90% of the players are away.
But for the others, we will adequately train, and for the rest, we must be exceptionally well prepared. Before we can start the attack, I hope everyone remains well and returns in good shape.”
After the break, United will face a tough test as it travels to meet rival Manchester City on October 2. Then, on October 6, they’ll on the road once more as they fly to Cyprus to take on Omonia in the Europa League.