Moyes AGAIN attacked but refuses to respond to training criticisms

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Manchester United manager had his methods lambasted by a Dutch coach who is also outspoken against Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

In December, Manchester United have registered ten injuries: Marouane Fellaini had a back complaint, Chris Smalling suffered a hamstring, Shinji Kagawa succumbed to illness (twice), Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic both had knocks, Javier Hernandez was out with a head problem, Wayne Rooney had a short-term problem with his groin/pelvis, Nani needed treatment for his hamstring and Robin van Persie sustained a hip/thigh injury.

Ultimately, some of the muscular injuries could have been prevented had it not been for the prehistoric training methods adopted by Moyes, as fitness coach Raymond Verheijen is quoted by the Daily Mail to have said: 'If you look at the track record of Moyes at Everton you can analyse that in the decade he was there, he had a massive injury crisis seven or eight times. It is very likely [that] the pattern will repeat itself at Manchester United.'

Moyes, whose methods had previously been termed 'prehistoric', responded recently: 'I don't know who he is.'

The sole entry on Verheijen's managerial CV is a caretaker role at Wales between 2011-12, but he has worked with a plethora of elite-level European clubs including Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Zenit St Petersburg, as well as international teams like Netherlands, South Korea and Russia.

'Maybe if he shows me his credentials and why he’s got reason to speak up then fine but I don’t know anything about him. If he shows me his management career, I could give him an informed response.'

Verheijen has oft spoken out against training methods utilised by Premier League based clubs. Arjen Robben, for instance, was dubbed 'player of glass' while at Chelsea, yet had his work-load reduced at Bayern Munich and became one of their best players in his first year. Verheijen insisted this was evidence that it was not he who was glass, but the coaches in England who relied on broken philosophies.

Van Persie, who was plagued by muscular injuries at Arsenal, was a cause for Verheijen to rage at Arsenal.

While United's ten injuries in December may seem excessive, they currently only have six players in the treatment room, the same number as Arsenal (Laurent Koscielny - knee, Ryo Miyaichi - hamstring, Yaya Sonogo - back, Lukas Podolski - hamstring, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - knee, Abou Diaby - knee).

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur both have five absent from their roster while Chelsea just have three.

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