Manchester United Training and Press Conference - Osaka

Dutch fitness coach Raymond Verheijen may have a point about exhaustive, old school training methods taking their toll on players at certain clubs, but he did not offer any concrete information for us to make that kind of judgment as to Robin van Persie’s thigh tightness under David Moyes pre-season regimen at Man United. Still, he opened his Twitter gob anyway:

“The only way to solve this problem in Jurassic Park is to improve education of these dinosaur coaches, fitness clowns & scientific cowboys. All over the world in preseason you see the pattern overtraining-fatigue-injuries’. Always avoid accumulation of fatigue in pre-season.”

“As long as most dinosaurs are still in denial and ignore how things develop in other countries, nothing will ever change. Obviously, players like RVP should learn to protect themselves better against ‘overtraining’.”

The reason I’m not embedding these Tweets as they appeared to have disappeared. Perhaps this is because Verheijen came to his senses and may not have all the information required to make that kind of assessment.

We’ve all done that kind of thing before. A supposed ‘Arsenal scout’ may have done it last night, making a recommendation to Arsene Wenger over the purchase of Atletico Mineiro’s Bernard for £20 million based on a single second leg match, at least according to the Daily Mail:

Manager Arsene Wenger demanded a form guide on the £20million-plus rated attacker and may now follow up his interest with a bid after hearing how he helped Atletico Mineiro overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Paraguay’s Olimpia to lift South America’s version of the Champions’ League.

Oh to be able to read one of these form guides and get taken in by its colourful assortment of adjectives all gleaned from a single performance!

Of course you might have read that article with a dash of skepticism. After all, Arsene Wenger splashing twenty million pounds on the word of his scouts who watched a single performance? The only concrete source cited is Bernard’s agent? Tottenham and Liverpool just had fairly reasonable offers rejected?

There was also word that the rumours may have come from the club itself, eager to stoke the flames behind Bernard’s hefty asking price as they have a replacement lined up. So either Arsenal have gone mad, or a club leaked false information to drive up a transfer fee. Both possible, one more plausible than the other. I don’t have enough information to make a final call, of course.