Tanning Booths Installed at Man United Training Ground to Boost Vitamin Levels

Simon Edmonds@@Eddie_EdmondsCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2012

RIVERSIDE, CA - APRIL 10:  Professional BMX rider Cory Nastazio goes to the tanning salon in Riverside, California on April 10, 2002.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Yes, you read that title correctly, folks. It would appear as though Sir Alex is really going that extra mile this season to ensure that his players are at their peak physical ability, however absurd it may sound on the surface.

The Telegraph reports that the new "vitamin-D machines"—which is in essence just a glorified name for those machines that you might expect to find down at your local tanning salon—are the latest addition to the United dressing room at their training ground in Carrington.

This somewhat odd sensation comes just a couple of months after Fergie announced a new kind of technology that would have the almost-godlike power to spot a potential injury up to six months before any medical tests could so much as recognise that anything was wrong.

These kinds of radical steps being taken by the most successful manager in the history of English football are the kind of make-or-break characteristics that have ensured Fergie's place as one of the best coaches in the history of the game.

Not many bosses would be willing to stick their necks out and take a gamble on a, let's face it, relatively absurd-sounding piece of equipment. But it's gutsy decisions like this that show how Fergie has been able to progress from one generation of football to the next.

His ability to adapt to the new technology that has come in within recent years is a testament to his versatility as a manager, both when it comes to the pure football itself and also away from that—something that bosses like Arsene Wenger and Kenny Dalglish have failed to do in recent years.

Manchester United chief executive David Gill summed it up adequately in regards to Fergie's position within the ever-changing landscape of the footballing world (via The Telegraph):

 He has demonstrated a tremendous capacity to adapt as the game has changed

Sir Alex's decision to embrace the advancements that have been made in modern sport science have meant that, even as his career reaches its twilight, the great Scot has been able to stay atop of the managerial hierarchy.

As for these vitamin-D machines, one has to wonder if they carry the same side effects as your regular tanning booth.

If so, it may not be too long before we are graced with the unnatural sight of Paul Scholes running around with a crisp bronze glow that even the former United star Cristiano Ronaldo would be jealous of.

On a serious note, Manchester United's decision to employ these technological advancements before any other side could be a key defining factor as the game progresses. If you want to stay at the top of the pile, you have to adapt to the world around you. United may have been exceedingly wise to do that before any other club, even if on the face of things it does come across as a little ludicrous.

And who knows, before long we may be referring to the league leaders as the Bronze Devils!


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