Manchester United’s recent injury problems  have been well-documented; earning them the unwanted title of being the most injury-prone side in the Premier League.

But it is hoped that a brand new £25million state-of-the-art medical facility will help to put their recent injury woes to bed; and allow United to possess what will be one of the best facilities of its kind in world football.

It is part of a new five-year agreement with Toshiba Medical Systems, who will provide £12million worth of equipment to the club, along with the £13million which United are spending on the refurbishment of Carrington.

The new software will help to predict injuries before they happen, something which could prove to be vital in helping to avoid the seemingly ongoing injury crisis at Old Trafford.

The importance of this new facility surely cannot be emphasised enough, with the Red Devils suffering a total of 30 different injuries last season compared to Manchester City, who experienced just seven.

Much like the start of this season, United were hit particularly hard in defence; with Nemanja Vidic ruled out for half a season after damaging knee ligaments, while Rio Ferdinand and Johnny Evans also spent time out of action.

If this gap can be closed by the opening of a new medical centre, then it can only be a good thing; as Premier League clubs now need to spend millions of pounds to invest in injury prevention.

But one must question whether sports science alone can prevent this issue; especially as wear and tear on the muscles becomes inevitable with players taking part in more matches in increasingly shorter periods.

Other factors such as changing footwear and firmer pitches means the odd stray sliding tackle may no longer go with the flow of the turf, thereby increasing the likelihood of injuries in modern-day football.

Injuries such as these are unavoidable, but brand new facilities will help to stop more long-term, deteriorating problems from developing further. Identifying injuries earlier will surely allow United to reap the rewards of their investment.

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