After years of mixed sports, Manchester United are trying to gain a competitive advantage over rivals using other methods. The Red Devils can obtain this advantage with the help of artificial intelligence.
To achieve this, the club signed a contract with Manchester Metropolitan University. Through advanced artificial intelligence, the university aims to provide the club with information that can have a direct impact on the game.
The information provided during the match is intended to give United's analysts the ability to quickly process the data and act on the pitch based on the information provided.
AI contains analytical techniques and metrics that are not yet available to the competition. By monitoring players, it provides the coaching staff with data to help them understand what works best on the field and where adjustments need to be made. In addition, the AI sends warnings if there is a risk of infection for players.
Overall, according to the institute, the project aims to “gain deep insights into the technical, tactical and physical demands of high-level football by using artificial intelligence to create advantages on the pitch.”
The institute's director, Professor Tim Cable, added: “The initiative provides an additional layer of information to the club and will enhance Manchester United's football operations.”
United's sporting director, John Murtaugh, was enthusiastic about the collaboration and the opportunities it offered. “The collaboration with the Institute of Sport will build on the excellent research and innovation teams we have in place to improve the performance and development support we can offer our players.”
However, in order to interpret AI data in the best possible way, there is a need for experienced analysts who convey their assessments to the training team.
The technology will first be tested in training before being used in the game.
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