Manchester United suffered more injuries than any other side during the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, it has been revealed.
Louis van Gaal’s side found themselves inundated with injuries in the first-third of the season, and saw the trend continue as they pushed for a top-four finish.
United found themselves without several key players throughout the season. Notable absentees Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick spent much of the season on the sidelines as United’s players racked up a total of 1,348 days unavailable for selection.
It seems Manchester United’s attempt to challenge for the title may have been damned from the start as just Wayne Rooney and David de Gea made more than 30 starts for the club in a first team squad of over 25 players.
Much of United’s injury troubles this year have been muscular, and after Van Gaal doubled the amount of training sessions, early injuries seemed inevitable. The Old Trafford team finished their first 10 games with just three wins, all but ending their fight for to re-gain the Premier League before it began.
The data, complied by PhysioRoom.com and released by Sky Sports, showed final-day survivors Newcastle suffered the most in 2014/15 as their players spent 1,871 days in treatment rooms, although Manchester United had the most injuries in total (39).
Usual injury sufferers Arsenal finished second place in the ‘table’ with their usual bout of muscle pulling, breakages and sprains. Oliver Giroud rather summed up the Gunners season after fracturing his ankle just by kicking a ball against Everton in August.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, title winners Chelsea finished the season with the least injuries (19), although Joe Mourinho’s side were without top-goalscorer Diego Costa for the latter stages of their campaign.
Few realise how much work clubs put into injury prevention as all premier teams employ a range of doctors, regulated training schedules and specialised injury prevention equipment all in order to keep their players fit.
What is clear is that keeping players playing will be a focus for teams heading into the 2015/16 season and doing so will provide a real platform for teams to achieve their goals for the season.