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More Bad News On Hargreaves

It’s amazing to think that Owen Hargreaves was registered in Manchester United’s European squad for the group stages, so confident were the club that the midfielder would make his return before Christmas.

Months have flown by and Hargreaves was still out, although did get a run out for a few minutes at the end of the season, much to our relief.

However, it looks as though that happiness is to be short lived, with Hargreaves back in treatment.

“The bad news is that Owen Hargreaves is back in America seeing the specialist,” said Ferguson. “He won’t be ready for the start of the season. I don’t know when he’ll be back.”

Having a player like Owen Hargreaves fit could make all the difference to our season. When will it be time to draw a line under this one and find someone new?

As for other injuries, Anderson will be back by the end of September, Michael Owen will be back for the start of the season and Rio Ferdinand is aiming for the same return.


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118 Comments

  1. Slim says:

    Really bad news about OH. ah well the status quo remains the same so i guess we shouldn’t be predicting doom and gloom so much. its not as if he played preseason or any type of football last season.
    Just went through the United official site and saw some pictures of the lad at carrington and i get the feeling that United is going to look and feel quite different this season, no way in hell SAF is going to allow this season start like the last. . check out these photos and list of players going on tour, don’t be surprised to see a few young guns starting for us this season

    http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={6DDFCB6E-3471-4E45-9385-F04D05F4A70D}&newsid=6650616

    http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={F9E570E6-407E-44BC-800F-4A3110258114}&newsid=6650598

  2. parryheid says:

    Seen the tour party,Great looking forward to seeing Fabio taking Evra’s place and Eikram ,Carricks plus Obertan getting a proper opportunity to shine and he will.Pity King is’nt included but its looking good.

  3. Costas says:

    Travelling squad:

    Edwin van der Sar, Tomasz Kuszczak, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov, John O’Shea, Wes Brown, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Chris Smalling, Nani, Fabio, Federico Macheda, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez (will join in Houston on 27 July), Mame Biram Diouf, Tom Cleverley, Ritchie De Laet, Corry Evans, Ben Amos, Gabriel Obertan.

    Nice to see Nani there, but Antonio didn’t make it. Ren Nev misses out too after taking a knock. Nice to see that one week into the season we are picking up right were we left off last May!

    @Slim

    It also has to do with the WC players taking a break as well as having 4 first team players out with injury. I agree that SAF must now allow the season to start off like the last one did. We have to keep our core fit.

  4. Suberbatron says:

    This is getting really tired…
    Lad must be absolutely gutted

  5. Slim says:

    @ Costas

    Yup, i just think that a few new faces will feature for United this season, transfers or not, these guys need to play or they’ll just become furniture :-)
    Looking forward to see Cleverly, obertan,, de laet, diouf and hernandez play. who knows a couple of jems could be unearthed

  6. Costas says:

    @Slim

    Yeah I agree. Depending on the squad limit some of them might leave on a loan. I have a feeling that one of the striker will leave like that. Remember that we also have Danny Welbeck. I wonder when he will be back.

    It would be nice if some of these players impressed the manager so much that they forced his hand into playing them against Newcastle. Haven’t seen that in a long time.

  7. parryheid says:

    Think Hargo can take a mean free kick ?Well so can Eikrom , ugly fucker but quality.

  8. Doghouse says:

    If Hargo doesn’t come back it’s nothing short of a tragedy. Not like a life or death one, but still, what a horrible, horrible loss to the sport of such a world class talent.

  9. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    Not trying to be pessimistic but every pre season we take some kids on tour who then go onto rarely feature. Although this does give them the opportunity to impress the coaches and stake a claim for a place in the team. Its horrible to see that we have many players missing through injury and the season hasn’t started. The Valencia injury wasn’t really reported on to the same extent as the others and how can Michael Owen still be out!

  10. Costas says:

    @Notorious

    It’s not surprising when you consider how injury prone some of these players are. Owen was always 50-50 to make that trip though. The Valencia injury is a mystery. Is it the same thing that kept him out of the last 2 league games? No one has given a report on it.

  11. willierednut says:

    We were told Kiko and Welbeck would get there chance last season and they rarely featured, lets hope some of our kids get a run out this term.

  12. Paul Parker says:

    Gutted. I respect the tradition of the Club to stand by injured players, but I think we’ll be needing to bring in a new midfielder soon and im sure we will. Unless of course one of our youngesters impresses, hopefully this means our lads will get the opportunity. Alec will be telling them that, its much better practice to promote internally and we have some talent waiting in the wings for sure. Hope Owen at least manages some playing time in what could be his final Season. Gutted, because he is a beast when fit.

  13. Paul Parker says:

    willierednut says:
    We were told Kiko and Welbeck would get there chance last season and they rarely featured, lets hope some of our kids get a run out this term.

    Agreed. We tried to spend some money on a quality player, but if nothing happens before kick off lets plough on with what we’ve got, which is a strong team (when not decimated with injuries)

  14. DariusC says:

    Gary Neville is the latest injury guys…. out of all tour games…. :( This is turning into a nightmare….

  15. Tk says:

    Obviously that’s the end of it..I’m really gutted coz he’s exactly what we need..Maybe it’s time to move on and start searching for another midfielder …By the way aren’t we starting the league with same numbers of absences as the end of last year????/ really worried.

  16. bettson says:

    We could use Valencia in an offensive midfield role behind Rooney in a 4-2-3-1 Buy Veloso for the defensive midfield role. Veloso are much of the same type of player as Alonso and will fit perfect in front of our defence together with Fletcher. I really think we need to spend money this year and I really hope we will go for the excellent 21 year old Mezut Özil. He has been excellent for Germany, One of the absolute best players in the WC. He could switch with Valencia in that offensive midfield role or play down the left. The reason i want Valencia to play in the middle behind Rooney is Nani. Nani is the best right winger at the club and he should start every match possible in that possition. I think Nani and Valencia together with Özil on the left could make plenty of space for Rooney.

    I love Giggs, Scholes and Neville, but they are 36-38 years old and we must prepare for a new era. I dont think Carrick, Berbatov and Gibson are the right players to carry this team on. Just my opinion, I trust Sir Alex allways.

    So heres are my “dreamteam”

    Van Der Sar(maybe Julio Cesar?)
    Rafael-Rio-Vidic-Evra (Fabio gonna be great, left winger maybe?)
    Veloso-Fletcher
    Nani-Valencia-Özil
    Rooney(Hernandez)

    Looking forward to see players like Cleverley, Macheda continue their progress and maybe King and Pogba could get some matches to…

    opinions?

    sorry for my poor english writing…

  17. Wakey says:

    I wouldn’t write Hargreaves off yet. We don’t know exactly whats wrong with him and when you are coming back from such a long time out you are prone to picking up other injuries. We saw it with both Ole and with Neville after their long layoffs which saw them break down with new injuries as they were either nearing a comeback or were in the early stages of it. Both got through that stage to make good contributions

  18. Pedram says:

    @Wakey

    Thank you! Seems like everybody else have already forgotten about the United* mantra believe! Owen is a tough lad and will bounce back. My only concern about him is what’s going on in his head. If he stops believing in himself he is truly fcuked. But on the other hand he is North American and no matter what what you think about them but the do have a spirit of ” I can do whatever I can as long as I believe” what makes them never give up (as we saw in the world cup). So as fans we should stand behind him! After all, Sir Matt Busby did not give up after Munich.

    Green and Gold ’til until the Club** is sold!

    * (there is only one)
    ** (as above)

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