Manchester United have reportedly suffered an incredible 47 injuries so far this season.
It is no secret that United have been hit by an ongoing injury crisis that has robbed them of practically all their defenders at some stage of the campaign and plenty of midfielders, too.
Chris Smalling, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Rafael are some of the stars currently side-lined while Radamel Falcao continues to build up his match fitness and Ander Herrera fights to get back in the starting line-up after a fractured rib.
All clubs suffer injury problems during each and every campaign, but few are blighted as United have been, with an ever-changing back-line and the absence of headline summer signings Di Maria and Falcao forcing van Gaal to utilise what he has left as best he can.
The report goes on to claim that the Dutch manager worked his players extremely hard as he attempted to right the wrongs of last season, with some claiming those methods have been detrimental to the players’ fitness.
But van Gaal is an experienced manager who made no secret of his desire to shake things up at the club, and his former successes suggest he knows exactly what he is doing, even if United’s treatment room is pretty crowded right now.
United’s run of five straight victories despite not always playing at their best suggests van Gaal’s methods are working, and if he can build up the fitness of those who have struggled thus far, it could be the beginning of another great spell at a club used to such things.