The plane carrying Manchester United players had to abort its landing 400m above the runway as they flew to Germany for the Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen.
The plane landed safely at the second attempt at Cologne/Bonn airport ahead of Wednesday’s match.
The club declined to comment, but Rio Ferdinand said : “Landed in Germany….just….I’ve only just recovered after that choppy landing!”
Press Association Sport understands a number of passengers expressed their concern and, while a stewardess initially said there had not been a problem, the captain later came onto the speakers to confirm he had been forced to abort the landing as there was another plane on the runway.
Thankfully, the aircraft eventually landed without further incident at 1740 local time.
United will qualify for the last 16 with a win at the Bay Arena.