The Wembley stadium surface, which has been widely criticised, has claimed another victim.

Sir Alex Ferguson has today confirmed that Michael Owen will be out for the rest of the season.

Following last season’s FA Cup semi-finals, Arsene Wenger, David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson all criticised the playing surface. The FA confessed something had to be done about the poor playing conditions but clearly haven’t acted on their words.

Owen’s last action for United this season was the Carling Cup final in which he scored a crucial goal in our 2-1 win.

“It’s a bad blow for Michael and he’s out for the season,” Ferguson said. “It was more serious than we thought and he’ll have an operation on Monday. It’s a terrible blow for the lad and disappointing for us, too. He never missed a training session all season. The heavy pitch at Wembley played some part, but it’s also bad luck.”