Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Manchester United will banish their injury misery with the opening of a new £25million medical centre.
United hope to open the state-of-the-art facility at their Carrington training base on November 5 - the eve of Ferguson's 26th anniversary in charge.
Last season, United were top of the Premier League crocks list (see below) with 39 significant problems - those lasting for at least two weeks - while champions Manchester City fared the best, with just seven injuries lasting that long.
For United, that amounted to a total of 1,681 days lost to injury, while City's remarkably low injury count cost Roberto Mancini's squad just 186 days in comparison.
United currently have five players sidelined with injury, including defensive trio Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, wingers Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia and keeper Anders Lindegaard. Smalling and Young are set to return this weekend, while Jones is not far away.
But United hope to address that with a new partnership with Toshiba, who will provide the equipment for a centre that has been billed as the most comprehensive medical facility in world football.
The first of its kind in the Premier League, it will enable United to fast-track players back to fitness and identify potential injuries up to six months before they occur, through ground-breaking technology.
Kitted out with CT and MRI scanners and other cutting-edge equipment as part of a five-year agreement with Japanese company Toshiba, the centre will mean United will no longer have to rely on nearby hospitals.
Work has been underway at United's training complex since April and is expected to be finished within a fortnight, although Ferguson's wry quip that "I think they built the pyramids quicker" suggests the original deadline may not be met.
"This is a great partnership because it is something new, something
different," said Ferguson.
"We made a couple of signings in the summer but this is a big signing, perhaps the most important step forward this club has taken in a long, long time.
"Sometimes supporters won't see that, the public won't see that, but we'll see it and the players will really appreciate it.
"We've been building the medical centre for quite a time now, for about six months.
"But we're getting there and this partnership with Toshiba will add to it with their medical systems bringing a new dimension to sports science and medical treatment for our players.
"It will put us above most clubs in the world. We already have a fantastic medical staff and they will relish the challenge of working with Toshiba medical systems."
United see a competitive advantage in the field of rehabilitation and fitness as crucial to their chances of continued success, particularly with City building the Etihad Campus, complete with their own medical centre, due to open for the start of the 2014-15 season.
Ferguson recalled the rudimentary nature of the medical facilities at United when he arrived in Manchester to take charge of the club 26 years ago.
"If you go back 26 years, I had a staff of eight and one physio," said Ferguson. "Now I have a staff of 40 and five physios.
"We had one ultrasound machine, but we weren't the only ones. Most clubs then were exactly the same.
"So when I arrived at United we changed that pretty quickly. We brought in [physio] Rob Swire around about 1990 and since then it's been growing and growing.
"And it needed to grow because the game has got quicker and football pitches today also present a problem in terms of injuries.
"So there has to be more attention and more bodies to deal with all the players that we have.
"At the moment I probably have 28 players in the first-team squad, maybe 13 or 14 in the reserves and then about 24 Academy players.
"That's a lot of players so therefore the need for better medical attention and numbers [of physios] is really important.
"The real progress started about 10 or 12 years ago when the need for sports science came into football.
"Since then the progress in sports science has been so important.
"I always remember, when I was at Aberdeen, telling my chairman I should have two physios. He would always say 'Why?'
"He was old-school and he knew it would cost him some money."
Days lost to injuries last season
Days lost Significant injuries
Manchester United 1681 39
Tottenham 1450 36
Arsenal 1343 28
Newcastle 1258 27
Fulham 1245 33
QPR 1105 19
Bolton 1054 15
Norwich 968 14
Sunderland 956 22
West Bromwich 868 22
Aston Villa 806 21
Blackburn 801 20
Liverpool 794 15
Swansea 759 12
Everton 716 21
Wolverhampton 690 18
Stoke 557 14
Wigan 474 11
Chelsea 356 13
Manchester City 186 7
* Stats compiled by physioroom.com