O'Driscoll starts as head of sports medicine

Friday 22 September 2023 09:00

Gary O’Driscoll has taken up his new role as head of sports medicine for Manchester United, overseeing all medical activity across our men’s, women’s and Academy teams.

He joins the club from the same role at Arsenal, where he served for the past 14 years, overseeing more than 600 games with our Premier League rivals.

The sports medicine department at Carrington is responsible for providing medical services, physical therapy and rehabilitation for hundreds of players, spanning from the men’s and women’s first teams to the full range of age groups in our boys’ and girls’ academies.

O’Driscoll is one of the most experienced and respected leaders in sports medicine, having served as chairman of the Premier League Doctors’ Group and a member of the FA Medical Committee.

Before joining Arsenal, he spent six years as team doctor for the Ireland Rugby Union team, and performed the same role for the British and Irish Lions rugby team during two tours to New Zealand and South Africa.

He was trackside medical lead at the London 2012 Olympics and also had a spell as medical adviser to the Great Britain cycling squad.

O’Driscoll grew up in Manchester and is a lifelong United fan.

He succeeds Steve McNally, who stepped down as head of sports medicine in February, after 16 years with the club, to become performance sport director at the PGMOL, the body overseeing referees in the professional game.

Jim Moxon has filled the post on an interim basis, since McNally’s departure, and he will remain with the club through the transition period. Manchester United would like to put on record its appreciation for Jim’s contribution and his important ongoing role, and welcome Gary to the club.