According to reports, Manchester United not only returned from Moldova with three points but also with food poisoning.
On Thursday night, United won 2-0 against FC Sheriff in the Europa League on their first visit to the Eastern European country. Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the first half to help Erik ten Hag’s side bounce back from their opening round defeat against Real Sociedad.
United delivered a professional performance, demonstrating that they are coming together under their new manager. The trip was not without incident, however, as The Sun reported that 12 of the traveling party became ill upon their return on Friday morning.
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United flew directly from Chisinau on a private jet after the game, but they still came down with an unknown illness, which is thought to have been caused by something they ate or by the plane itself. A few players missed the scheduled recovery training session at Carrington on Friday, while others were still too sick to show up the next day.
Fortunately for Ten Hag, he did not have to rush to prepare for the home game against Leeds United, which was originally scheduled for Sunday. The game was rescheduled due to a police shortage ahead of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday at Westminster Abbey.
It is not believed that the illness prevented any of United’s players from joining their respective national teams for the international break. Gareth Southgate’s England squad includes Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw for upcoming friendlies against Italy and Germany, but Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho did not make the cut.
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Ten Hag intends to use the two-week break to continue working in the training field. “It’s extremely useful.” We have a lot of meetings, and we need to improve the structures in and around the club,” he said following the Sheriff’s victory.
“By making plans, we will also look ahead to January or next summer to improve our playing style.” These periods, of course, occur after a game, but we must be prepared for them, and many players, say 90%, are away. We will train properly for the others, but we must prepare thoroughly for the rest. I’m hoping everyone stays in shape and healthy until we can launch an attack.”
Following the break, United will face a stiff challenge when they travel across town to face rivals Manchester City in the derby on October 2. They’ll then hit the road again, flying to Cyprus on October 6 to take on Omonia in the Europa League.
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