One of fitness coaching in British football's most renowned critics is to present a case study on Manchester United this week.
Fitness coaching in the Premier League is "two decades" behind the training and recovery methods utilised in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, according to famed fitness specialist Raymond Verheijen.
Verheijen informed BBC radio earlier in the week that the root of the issue in England is that there is a "lack of education" amongst British coaching and the adopted solution - bringing in university-backed sports scientists - is a flawed one as the graduates do not understand football. The coaches, though, do not understand conditioning, so it is therefore a vicious cycle, he argues.
Verheijen has long spoken out about the incompetency surrounding Manchester United's approach to fitness and rehabilitation from injury, particularly in the case of Dutch international Robin van Persie, who missed three games in November/early December through a groin strain, then was absent for five weeks due to a hamstring, but was rushed back and then suffered a knee complaint just five games into his return.
The Dutch coach is to present a Manchester United case study this week in Monaco.
He said: "[I am] look forward to presenting the Manchester United case study at the Conference of the International Olympic Committee in Monaco. The incompetence of the current Man United coaching staff this season is perfect to explain the principles of Football Periodisation."