Fletcher reveals United secrets
Manchester United are literally jumping their way into 2011. The Reds have already had to rearrange their Premier League fixture against Blackpool, which was frozen off earlier this month, for January 25. Now they have to slot in Sunday's postponed title clash at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in the New Year. But Darren Fletcher reveals United's traditionally strong run-in to the end of the campaign is no accident, and he says preparations for the marathon second-half of the season have got even better. We have fantastic facilities at our Carrington training base right down to the fine detail of wearing heart-rate monitors every day, said the midfielder. Everything is in place for the players. There can be no complaints in terms of that. We have a great set up and staff. In the last 18 months or so the club have also introduced injury-prevention work. It is all new revolutionary stuff and it makes a difference. Basically it is a programme of work in the gym that helps to protect your joints. It is also about balance work, jumping, and landing. It is literally just jumping onto a box and working on your keen and core strength. You can never prepare for some injuries but we get our bodies used to different movements and things you are going to experience in matches. We do a lot of preparation work in the gym and that stands us in good stead for later in the season. The manager says the plan is to be as fit as you can be at the end of the season. You do your pre-season work at the beginning of the season. Work hard in that period and it puts you in good stead. As a general rule it is important you do your base work early on and then after Christmas you can kick on and be at your physical peak when the performances matter like Champions League matches and run-ins to the title. That is when you need to be at your peak. I think we will kick on in the New Year. We will certainly be physically ready for the challenges ahead. The second half of the season is vital. The performance level of the team and individual's performance levels are rising. Have you noticed a difference in United's fitness levels? Have your say.
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