Manchester United has launched an internal investigation to get to the bottom of the injury bug that has plagued its squad.
The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that “United have launched an investigation to determine why eight of their first-team squad are injured. With just eight games remaining in the first half of the season, the first-team squad has struggled this season with 16 players injured so far. This includes freshmen Rasmus Höyrun and Mason Mount.”
After finishing third in the league last season, United have been a disappointing 10th in the league this season. After a promising start to the season with a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton in the league opener, the team lost 0-2 to Tottenham in the second round. In the third round, they bounced back with a 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest, who had a man sent off, before falling to their knees again at home to Arsenal, 1-3.
A 1-3 loss to Brighton followed, making it two league defeats in a row, and United looked to turn things around by hosting Burnley, but were stunned by Crystal Palace. Despite a 2-1 win over Brentford just before the international break, the Red Devils have continued their disappointing run of form with four points from four games.
One of the reasons for their poor performance is a string of injuries. Eight players are currently sidelined with injuries and 16 have already gone down, including Luke Shaw, which has wiped out the left-back options in the first team squad. Two of our most ambitious signings this season, striker Hoi Lun and midfielder Mount, have not even been utilized due to injury.
In an unexplained situation, the United medical staff is actively trying to identify a pattern. If they can find a direct reason for the injuries, it will help them take steps to prevent them in the future.
On the other hand, the club is also looking into the aftermath of playing a huge number of matches this season, including the World Cup in Qatar last year.
United bolstered their medical department by bringing in Gary O’Driscoll from Arsenal as head of sports medicine, but since his arrival, the number of injuries has increased significantly. The United medical team emphasized the fact that United, along with Manchester City, were the teams that played the most games last season and that City had similar issues. The argument is that the number of matches has increased muscle fatigue in players.
In fact, United played 41 games from December 21 last year, when the World Cup ended and the second half of the season got underway, until the end of the season schedule in all competitions. That’s the same number of games that teams like Aston Villa, Brentford, and Brighton played in the entire season. 안전놀이터
After a brief respite with the international break, they’re back to a packed schedule that includes the league, UEFA Champions League, and League Cup. It will be interesting to see how the Red Devils handle this situation and if they can get to the bottom of the injury.