Out of all Premier League sides, Manchester United jointly top the injury league table of muscular complaints. Currently encumbered by notable absences such as Wayne Rooney (groin), Ashley Young (shoulder), Phil Jones (knee), Marouane Fellaini (hand), Nani (hamstring), Rafael (groin) and Robin van Persie (hip), United boss David Moyes is under pressure to deliver results from a depleted roster.
There is one man, a very vocal coach and the director of World Football Academy, who implies some of the injury problems - particularly that of Rooney - could be avoided, and he has spoken out over the methods utilised by Moyes before.
Addressing his followers on Twitter yesterday, Friday, Raymond Verheijen - who, in the past, accused Moyes of employing dinosaur training ground exercises - linked a story concerning Rooney's groin and said: 'Coaches who sacrifice players and keep making same mistakes as they only look at short term, will suffer [in] the longer term.'
There was then an implication that Moyes is in a position not befitting of his managerial capabilities, that the Scotsman does not understand certain practices, is insecure and merely making decisions that would save his job, rather than for the well-being of players.
'Coaches should not primarily focus on results, but on the process. Good processes [yield] good results, but only good coaches understand. Coaches who believe in themselves only focus on the long term process. Coaches who are insecure only look at the short term results.
'Short term coaches who know deep inside they're not good enough throw players in the deep after injury to save their job risking new injury. Long term coaches gradually increase game minutes after injury so player will overall play more games in season increasing chance of success.'
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