Louis van Gaal to blame for Man United’s injury crisis, says Mike Phelan

Mike Phelan questions Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's training methods

Mike Phelan has claimed that Louis van Gaal’s training methods are to blame for Manchester United’s current injury crisis.

The Red Devils have been contending with a steady flow of injuries throughout the campaign, and Chris Smalling was the latest casualty on Monday night.

It’s just a case of maybe understanding the specific requirements of players, individual players, where they need to be at certain times in order to perform

Mike Phelan

And the former United assistant manager reckons fitness coach Tony Strudwick’s Old Trafford exit in 2013 has contributed to the injury crisis.

“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 told International Business Times.

“I think Manchester United changed their thoughts on the fitness regime, they looked at it a little bit differently.”

Phelan added: “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.

“Van Gaal knows now roughly the intensity of the Premier League and what his players can produce. He’s been at the highest level, working with the highest players, in different countries.

“It’s just a case of maybe understanding the specific requirements of players, individual players, where they need to be at certain times in order to perform. He’s got enough staff there to sort that out.”

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