While many have bemoaned the fact that Manchester United have started the campaign in indifferent fashion, others know that the main reason for this is due to the incredible injury crisis that has crippled Sir Alex Ferguson. However, it looks as though a solution is just around the corner, with Ferguson claiming that a new medical centre will be like a “big signing” and will have a tremendous effect on how the club deal with injuries.
It certainly appears there is some sort of problem at Old Trafford in relation to injuries, after the Red Devils topped the injury charts last year after a total of thirty nine significant problems were recorded in problems. This accounted to 1681 days lost for these players and when this is compared to the 186 days that Manchester City lost through injuries, it is clear to see that they are having a huge effect on team performance.
Bearing this in mind, the club have made a huge investment over recent years in designing the new medical centre at the Carrington training base. Costing around £25m, the centre is certainly a massive investment although Ferguson remains very optimistic about what it could achieve. It’s thought that not only will players have access to much better treatment methods, but specialist devices will be able to detect potential injury problems as early as six months before they are going to happen.
It’s therefore no surprise that SAF thinks so highly about the plans, as he told the press, “We made a couple of signings in the summer but this is a big signing, perhaps the most important step forward this club has taken in a long, long time. It will put us above most clubs in the world. We already have a fantastic medical staff and they will relish the challenge of working with Toshiba medical systems.”