Last season was terrible for United in terms of injuries. We topped the Premier League tables with 1,681 days lost through injury whereas City lost only 186 days in total. At one point, we were forced to play Park Ji Sung and Wayne Rooney in midfield as our squad was stretched to the limits.
Recently, Owen Hargreaves slated the United staff and blamed them for his inability to recover from an injury. He moved on to Manchester City and still only played a handful of games – maybe it was everybody’s fault but Hargreaves’.
Sir Alex vehemently defended his staff at Carrington and with a £13 million new medical centre expected to open before the end of 2012, United will soon have the best facilities in the country.
The new centre will be supplied with cutting edge technologies by Toshiba Medical Systems who United recently signed a five year deal with to become their official medial partner, the first deal of it’s kind in the Premier League.
It will put United at the forefront of injury rehabilitation and medical intervention and give us a great advantage. It is not as if our facilities were poor in the first place – look at the almost miraculously quick recovery of Antonio Valencia from his ankle break last season, helped along with underwater NASA treadmills – but it means we will be able to have on-site injury assessments, cutting out the need to visit the local hospital.
Having such facilities at our disposal will give us more quicker, accurate assessments and should help in the recovery process for our players. As the first few hours are some of the most important for any injured player, having these efficient and ground breaking technologies will be a massive boost.
The current facilities at Carrington are 12 years old and with technology moving so fast, it is more a case of moving with the times. Injuries seem to be happening far more often these days, especially at United, but having such technologies at our disposal could prove vital at key stages this season.