A member of Manchester United’s backroom staff has been taken ill overnight in Perth.
The staffer was taken to the Royal Perth Hospital on Friday after an ambulance was called to the Crown Towers resort in Burswood where the team are staying while in Australia on the first leg of their pre-season tour.
The person – whose identity has yet to be revealed – was seen by United’s club doctor, Steve McNally, before being taken to hospital.
Local reports said the ambulance was seen arriving at hospital without its lights or sirens on under heavy security at about 3pm on Friday – 8am in the UK – and that the staff member was hidden behind a sheet as they were wheeled in.
It is understood the person is not United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or any of his players.
In a statement, United said: “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.”
A spokesman for the Royal Perth Hospital declined to comment and referred enquiries to the club.
United are due to play Perth Glory in their first tour match at the Optus Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
United – who flew to Perth on Sunday – are then due to face Leeds United at the Optus next Wednesday before travelling to Singapore, where they will play an International Champions Cup tie against Inter Milan. From there United go to Shanghai to play Spurs.
The Glory are expected to name a severely-weakened team containing several of their academy players with a number of senior players missing. Coach Tony Popovic’s 15-year-old son, Gabriel, could feature along with another 15 year-old, Joshua Rawlins.