United’s injury problems set to be given £13 million boost

by Sam Peoples

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.

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john Red Manc 09/07/2012 - 14:29

This is great to see we are moving with the times with medical assistance at our training facility. With the amount of injuries we suffer in training, this can only be a massive advantage. I have to question if we have the right set up in terms of the payers training schedule. We do seem to have more injuries occur in training than any other team in the Prem!! This cant be a coincidence as it has been happening for the past few years… I trust that Fergie knows his back room staffs abilities, but our injury room needs to be massively reduced this year if we have any hope of winning the League and to have as strong a team available to become one of the most feared teams in Europe again. After last years dismal performance in both European Cups, im sure Braga, Galatasaray and Club Cluj wont be shaking in there boots when we go to there respected stadiums. Also we need to make OT our back bone again this year. I went to two group stage games last year, Basel and Benfica. On both occasions the away fans drowned out the United fans which was an experience I have never seen before and dont want to see again at OT. The signings we have made in Kagawa and RVP are fantastic for the squad. Kagawa is the player we have been missing in our style of play for a few years now, he links the midfield and strikers together with his clever runs and his awareness. I would even compare him to David Silva standards apart from Kagawa will score more goals. Well what can I say about RVP that we all dont know already, he has secured us two wins in the two games he has started. As long as we can keep him from our dreaded injury table list then he will love this season being at United, we are a more direct team than Arsenal and love to put as many crosses into the box as we can. When Rooney comes back to full fitness I can only hope Fergie sticks to his 4 – 4 – 2 system but only adapt it to a diamond shape midfield, to have Carrick as our holding midfielder, Valencia at Right wing and Young / Nani on the left to then leave Kagawa to sit behind the two strikers (Rooney and RVP)… ohh these are exciting times to be a United fan

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Kalu celestine uche 09/07/2012 - 08:27

With time, man utd will come back to their best form.But Carrick has been our major headeck,he is not impressing us(fans)at al.Even at dat Sir Ferg,stil prefers him in the game,Y?

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