Manchester United have agreed a five-year deal with Japanese company Toshiba to build a £13 million state-of-the-art medical centre at their training ground in Carrington, according to The Telegraph.
Manchester United’s injury woes last season led many people to argue that it made the difference between Manchester United winning and eventually losing the title to Champions Manchester City last season.
Research carried out at the end of last season showed that the Red Devils had the worst injury list in the Premier League. Manchester United suffered 39 “significant” injuries to their squad last campaign which resulted in a combined 1,681 days being lost to injury by Sir Alex Ferguson’s men. By contrast, Manchester City picked up just seven “significant” injuries with a combined 186 days lost to injury.
Last season, Sir Alex Ferguson responded to criticism by former United and City midfielder Owen Hargreaves after he suggested that the medical team put his career on the line after administering him with the wrong treatment for his chronic knee injury. At the time, Ferguson argued that Manchester United had “some of the best sports medical staff in the world” at the club.
The new medical centre will be built with the aim of fast-tracking players progress back to full recovery and enabling the players to be treated in a more private setting as appose to the nearby hospitals where they currently receive treatment.
The Premier League runners-up have argued that the implementation of the new medical centre is necessary in order for the club to keep up with the constant advances in sport science. The centre is thought to be ahead of schedule and will open in the November of this year.
Meanwhile, United have also completed the signature of talented Chilean youngster Angelo Hendriquez from Universidad de Chile for a fee of £4 million. Ferguson spoke of his delight in being approved international clearance for the 18-year-old striker, “Angelo has made a tremendous impact on the game in his short career so far. His pace is a great asset and he reads the game really well for someone of such a short game.”
United veteran Paul Scholes has also revealed his delight at being able to play alongside another new arrival at Old Trafford this season, Shinji Kagawa. Kagawa has made an impressive start to his Manchester United career after joining the club from German champions Borussia Dortmund.
Scholes said of Kagawa, “Shinji is a top player who did great in Germany and we’re lucky to have him. He is just a clever footballer who gets into those great positions where it’s difficult for other teams to pick him up.”
Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted with the performances of new arrivals of Kagawa and Robin van Persie who arrived from Arsenal who appear to have moulded into Manchester United’s style of play comfortably. We will likely to be seeing more of his other new additions, Henriquez and youngster from Crewe Alexandra Nick Powell, for the Capital One Cup tie against Newcastle United later this month.