Manchester United have launched an investigation after 12 players and staff were reportedly struck down with food poisoning following their trip to Moldova to play Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League
Erik Ten Hag’s men ran out 2-0 winners in the Moldovan capital Chisinau but some suffered a nasty surprise on Friday morning when they were forced to miss training after becoming ill on their return.
United got their European campaign back on track against Sheriff after they had fallen to a defeat in their opening group match against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford. With the weekend’s match against Leeds postponed due to policing issues Ten Hag was able to play a full-strength side which paid dividends with the team easing to a comfortable victory.
However, it appears the next day was less pleasant for some United stars after they came down with food poisoning in the hours following the game. The Sun reports that 12 employees came down with illness the day after forcing a handful of players to miss training on Friday. Some remained missing for Saturday’s session however they have all been able to link up with their national team like normal.
An investigation has now been launched as the club look to get to the bottom of the problem. United officials are unsure where the players were fed the problematic food with venues in Chisinau and meals fed on the plane under suspicion.
The error could have had serious consequences for Ten Hag had the game against Leeds had remained on as he may have been forced to play a severely depleted squad against their northern rivals.
It remains to be seen what the cause of the food poisoning was but Ten Hag will be pleased it has not come to affect United’s on-field performance.
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria were defeated 2-1 by the Desert Foxes of Algeria in a friendly match on Tuesday.
Nigeria surrendered an early game lead and got punished by the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria.
Jose Peseiro entered the game with depleted attacking options as Victor Osimhen and Sadiq Umar were out battling injuries.
With limited options, he sent Terem Moffi as the lone striker with Kelechi Iheanacho as the creative cog between the attack and midfield that had Alex Iwobi, Frank Onyenka and flanked by Moses Simon and Ademola Lookman.
The Eagles began the game the hungrier of both sides, pouring forward in numbers and purpose.
The team then took the lead in the 8th minute after the ball bounced awkwardly into the path of Terem Moffi right in front of the Algeria goal mouth. The FC Lorient striker toed the ball home to send the Eagles ahead.
The home side almost replied immediately after Zaidu Sanusi headed waywardly, setting Youcef Bilaili on goal.
Although Bilaili pushed the ball beyond a prone Uzoho, Riyad Mahrez could only hit the side of the post from the ensuing scrap-up.
It could have been two nil in the 28th minute after Mustapha Zengha spilled Iheanacho’s shot in the path of Moffi, who teed up Lookman — but the latter was ruled offside after putting the ball into the net.
Iheanacho called the goalkeeper into action, sending two successive shots into his palms.
The home team began exerting themselves in the game, with Uzoho forced to save two freekicks.
Mahrez and Islam Slimani bombarded Sanusi on the right side of the Eagles’ defence as cracks began to manifest.
The pressure paid off for Algeria in the 40th minute. Ramy Bensebaini reacted quickest to a rebound off a shot, and Onyeka dived into a tackle only to take the Algerian down.
Mahrez sent Uzoho the wrong way from the resultant penalty.
Desert Foxes completed the comeback in the 60th minute after Uzoho punched a corner kick and a couple of passes set it nicely for Youcef Attal, who sent 35-yard piledriver flying into the left bottom corner.
The result means Peseiro has lost three of his six games as Nigeria’s coach. The first two defeats were against Mexico and Ecuador.
Nigeria will play Portugal next in an international friendly billed for November 17.
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