Since Louis van Gaal took the reins at Manchester United, the Red Devils have suffered a whopping 42 injuries and fans have quite rightly started to ask why?
Is it the physio? The workload? The remains of David Moyes’ ill-fated tenure? Well wonder no more as former no. 2 to Sir Alex Ferguson, Mike Phelan has revealed that it is in fact the training methods the Dutch gaffer implements on a daily basis.
“What’s happened is a continuation of the same players getting injured all the time, so you have to look to the reasons why,” Phelan said.
“I think Manchester United changed their thoughts on the fitness regime. They looked at it a little bit differently.
“Tony Strudwick, who was operating as head of sports science and was involved day to day with the first-team. He understood the ins and outs of how to keep players fit, how to keep them ready for competition.
“Then suddenly they moved him sideways and did something completely different. That may have had an effect. That one area has changed.”
“They’ve brought in new people with a different way of doing things. The intensity of training may be one thing – it may be too intense, or not intense enough – but obviously slight changes have been made with the present way of doing things.
“I would have thought the squad is big enough at Manchester United, because they can go out and get players in, but obviously they keep breaking down and they don’t seem to be getting any better. They seem to get one back and lose another two.”
People have already questioned LvG’s unusual tactics but if he keeps going the way he is, United will struggle to field a first XI, let alone make their way back up the table!