Manchester United have played without our first choice four central midfielders following injuries and International duty. Whilst Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher are working hard to fill the void, which was illustrated in their play for our goal against Everton today, it can’t be ignored we’re missing the creativity Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes provide from the centre of the park.

With few updates on these players, other than the confirmation that Hargreaves is not for sale, Ferguson has today informed us that Owen is improving, but still set for another trip to the specialist next week.

“We are managing the situation as best we can,” said Ferguson. “It is not an easy one because there is no doubt he is having some pain. But he is getting better. We will give it another week and then probably send him back to the specialist in Leicester. Owen is young enough to recover. The specialist is happy with it. He thinks Owen is on the right way. It is frustrating though. It is such a tender bit at the front of the knee, but I think he will be okay.”

Owen Sahargreaves, anyone?