Manchester United are in Australia for pre-season and are preparing to face Perth Glory and Leeds Down Under as they get ready for the new season.

However the club have confirmed that one of their backroom team have been taking ill and is being treated by the club’s doctors.

A statement released by the club read: “A member of our backroom staff was taken ill overnight and has been sent to hospital by our club doctor for further treatment.

“We request that medical confidentiality is respected.”

And Perth-based journalist Amelia Broun, who works for Seven News, has reported that it was a man in his 50s and the problems came after a suspected overdose.

She tweeted: “BREAKING: A @ManUtd staff member has been taken to Royal Perth Hospital.

“The club says “a member of our backroom staff was taken ill overnight and has been sent to hospital by our club doctor for further treatment” @7NewsPerth @7NewsSydney #perthnews #ManchesterUnited

“UPDATE: the man in his 50s is in a stable condition after a suspected overdose at Crown Towers.”

United arrived in Australia earlier this week after a turbulent few weeks in the transfer window.

Paul Pogba did finally arrive back at the club’s Carrington HQ, but only on the morning of the flight to Australia.

There were fears Pogba would snub the tour altogether after his agent Mino Raiola confirmed they were working on a transfer with Real Madrid and Juventus making moves.

United have also struggled to sign marquee names despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to revamp his squad.

So far deals for Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have been complete but they remain on the hunt for a midfielder and a centre-back.

United are currently in talks with Inter Milan over a deal for Romelu Lukaku and Madrid are expected to launch a move for Pogba.

Meanwhile Juan Mata has revealed that Solskjaer has told the players he expects more from them next season.

“We had a meeting on the first day in which the manager and the staff spoke about what they expect from us, what they expect from Manchester United players,” said Mata.

“I think that’s the right thing to do. I think we all have to know what we represent, we have to know the level that people expect from us and I think it’s good to do it the first day.

“Since then, they’re trying to help the players, trying to improve in the way they want us to play and it’s all fine so far.

“I would like to say thank you to the fans, because last season was not easy for any of us and for them also.

“I have to say thank you because they helped us in the difficult moments. After that, all I can say is that we’ll try our best to make them proud. We know that we have to improve.

“We have to set ourselves higher standards and demand more from each other if we want to improve.

“We know that from the first day of pre-season and we are determined to improve, to have a better season and to make them proud.”

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