COLOGNE, Germany (AP) - A plane carrying players and coaching staff from Manchester United to Germany ahead of a Champions League match had to abort its landing because another aircraft was still on the runway.

United has confirmed reports in the British media that the plane was preparing to land at Cologne airport on Tuesday when it was forced to pull up again. No one was injured, the pilot apologized and the plane finally touched down behind schedule.

United defender Rio Ferdinand said in a Twitter post: ''Landed in Germany....just....I've only just recovered after that choppy landing!''

The airport's website confirmed that the flight was 10 minutes delayed.

United will play Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

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