Manchester United fitness coach Tony Strudwick is no longer work going to work with the first-team and will instead take charge of the youth team’s fitness plans, according to the Daily Mail.
Strudwick had been United’s first-team fitness coach for the past seven years and continued in his position under David Moyes but Ian Ladyman reports the 42-year-old took a step back from his role after the pre-season, with Dutchman Jos van Dijk assuming the role.
United are currently in the middle of an all too familiar injury crisis in a pattern that has repeated itself with startling occurrence over the past few seasons and if Strudwick has indeed been relieved of his duties, it is indicative that Louis van Gaal feels yet more changes are needed to solve the problem.
Strudwick has always presented himself well but if Van Gaal wants to bring his own staff in then he needs to do precisely that.
United’s injury record certainly has to be addressed so hopefully a change by Van Gaal could help things in that respect over the course of the season, but one thing that has to come into question is what United’s brand new Toshiba Medical Centre actually does and whether or not it is helping the squad given how many injuries are still occurring.