Manchester United players and staff have reportedly been affected by a dressing room food poisoning crisis after their trip to Moldova. The Red Devils traveled to Moldova to take on Sheriff Tiraspol in their second Europa League match.
After securing a convincing 2-0 victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his first goal of the season for the team, Manchester United have reportedly been hit by food poisoning after the game at Moldova. Some players and staff numbering up to 12 have been affected already, with many reportedly suffering from mild illness after the incident.
The food poisoning is reportedly believed to have occurred in Moldova after the Red Devils traveled to take on Sheriff Tiraspol. Apart from all three points taken away from Sheriff Tiraspol, the team also courted food poisoning, unfortunately.
Manchester United beat Sheriff 2-0 to recover from a controversial 1-0 defeat at home to Spanish side Real Sociedad. Jadon Sancho opened the scoring early in the first half before Cristiano Ronaldo doubled the lead, scoring his first goal for the Red Devils this season after converting a spot kick.
The win saw Manchester United settle on the third position in the group with three points, while Real Sociedad topped the group with a maximum of 6 points from two matches, followed by Sherrif Tiraspol, who are on the same point as Manchester United but with a superior goal difference.
United put up a good display and demonstrated a gradual gelling of the team under Erik Ten Hag. However, the good news has been sullied by reports of a dressing room poisoning that has affected the squad after the trip to Moldova. According to reports, 12 members of the team that traveled to Moldova began to show symptoms of illness after returning from the trip on Friday morning.
The team left Chisinau for the game through a private jet after the game, but most have fallen ill on arrival in Manchester without any particular identifiable disease. This has raised speculations that the sudden illness that has swept through the squad must have been caused by what they ate while in Moldova for the game.
The illness made some players unable to attend recovery training sessions under Ten Hag at Carrington. Even the following day, there were reports that some were not well enough to show up, engendering concerns over the wellbeing of the squad.
Manchester United were to face Leeds at Old Trafford for their next Premier League match after the Europa League game. Thanks to the burial of Queen Elizabeth II, the game was postponed due to security concerns. Most security resources for some Premier League games were swallowed up in the buildup to the Queen’s burial prompting the Premier League to postpone some matches, including the Manchester United vs Leeds game.
However, despite the illness outbreak, none of the Red Devils’ players selected for national duties in the forthcoming international will miss the call-up. They will join their national teams during the break.
Two Manchester United stars, Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, were not called up for the 3-Lions’ double header Nations League clash against Italy and Germany. However, they are an integral part of Erik Ten Hag’s team. While Rashford is nursing an injury, Jadon has been deliberately omitted by Gareth Southgate.
Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw have been called up for the match despite struggling to start under the new manager.
Meanwhile, Erik Ten Hag intends to continue training with the rest of the squad during the two weeks break. Manchester United travels to Etihad Stadium to take on their City and bitter rivals Manchester City in their next fixture after the break. They will also travel to Cyprus to face Omonia for their next Europa League match.
While some members of the team are permitted to proceed with the international break, investigations into the cause of the food poisoning of some of the members of the squad have reportedly begun.