Louis van Gaal had admitted to making mistakes with his training schedules in his first season at Manchester United.
The Dutchman, who replaced David Moyes in May 2014, saw last season blighted by injuries and he has revealed that part of the problem was his insistence on high intensity, high volume training.
“Last year, we also had a lot of injuries, but then you could say that our training schedule was maybe too heavy,” said Van Gaal. “But this year, we have only had contact injuries. There are no muscle problems, only contact injuries, so it is not our fault any more.
“This year, we have a smaller group than last year, but we have an injury list of 14 or 15 players. Every week we have a big problem. So to reach our aim to be in the Champions League, it would be fantastic, and it would mean my staff will have done fantastically well. But, of course, so have the players, because they have to adapt every week to playing alongside new team-mates.”
Van Gaal also believes his current United team, who finished fourth last season, have improved and are now “better than last year’s”.
“I think this team is better than last year’s, but we don’t get the benefit of that because we have had so many injuries,” added Van Gaal.
“When we had only three or four players injured earlier in the season, we were first in the Premier League. But nobody remembers that.”