Manchester United are benefitting from Louis van Gaal and the club’s coaching staff placing a greater emphasis on developing the speed and power of the players, according to defender Jonny Evans.
Van Gaal presided over something of a stuttering start as Manchester United recorded their lowest ever Premier League points tally after 10 games, but the Dutchman had always asked for judgement to be reserved for later in the campaign.
Fast forward and Manchester United are now into the top three positions and are outside contenders for the title after winning six of their last seven fixtures, the last of which was a draw.
Evans has now lifted the lid on the training regimes imposed by Van Gaal, and believes a renewed focus on the ‘speed element’ of each individual player is beginning to bear fruits for his side.
"We're always in the gym and are doing a lot of power work and explosive work," the Northern Irishman said.
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"We're concentrating on that really and trying to get that speed element of our game."
While Evans has, of course, been complimentary of the methods of his manager, there will naturally be the school of thought that such a focus on explosive work may be a contributing factor to the club’s injury crisis.
Evans is one of several players to have been plagued by problems this season, missing almost three months of action until his return earlier in December, while defensive colleagues Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Rafael have also been missing at various points.
Manchester United are now, however, approaching something near a relative full bill of health, and they will need to call on their now greater reserves for the hectic festive schedule that is almost upon them.
Newcastle will be the opposition at Old Trafford on Boxing Day before a trip to White Hart Lane for an encounter with Tottenham two days later. On January 1 will be a visit to Stoke to meet former Manchester United player Mark Hughes, before an FA Cup tie with Yeovil three days later.