Following their UEFA Europa League journey to Moldova last week, Manchester United players and staff “were afflicted by a spell of suspected food sickness.”
On Thursday night, Erik ten Hag’s team defeated Sheriff Tiraspol 2-0 in the Moldovan capital Chisinau with goals from Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.
After that, they flew privately back to Manchester, but on Friday, some of the group started to feel unwell.
Up to 12 players in the United camp were reportedly impacted, with some skipping training on Friday and others on Saturday.
The report says United are looking into whether the sickness was the result of something they ate while in Moldova or on the plane home.
United weren’t in action over the weekend after Sunday’s home Premier League game against Leeds United was postponed because of stretched policing resources owing to the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
It is uncertain how badly United would have been affected by the illness had the match at Old Trafford gone ahead.
Some of the players who missed training on Friday were able to return on Saturday and all of those affected have been able to depart for international duty.
After the international break, on October 2, United’s turnaround under Ten Hag, which has seen them win five of their previous six games across all competitions, will be put to the test when they take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The following Thursday, United will travel to Cyprus to play Omonia Nicosia in another away match in Europe.
After United’s opening group game loss at home to Real Sociedad by a score of 1-0, the victory over Sheriff was the perfect answer.