Believe it or not, this man used to play football?!
As expected Rio Ferdinand and Edwin van der Sar miss Arsenal’s OT visit on Saturday, but United are boosted by news that Owen Hargreaves returns to the club on 23 September.
The midfielder hasn’t played for a year, during which time he’s had operations on both knees to solve his tendonitis problems, so that return date is not his playing comeback. He’s been doing rehabilitation work in America this summer and United first must assess at what stage he is at in terms of his recovery. Nevertheless, Sir Alex says his impending return is “a great addition to us”.
“We’re in dialogue all the time with Owen and the physio who’s conducting his rehabilitation in America,” the boss said on Friday. “He’ll come with Owen for a week for the change-over so we can jointly understand the treatment and rehabilitation he’s been doing. That’s straightforward.
“The difficulty is getting him back into football work. I say difficult because we’ve not seen him all this time. We’re relying on information we get from the States. We’re certain that his fitness work will be good, we just have to guage the right time to bring him into football training. You don’t have a player out for a year and then just throw him straight into the fire.
“The important thing is to get him back playing to his level, which is a very good level, because he’ll be a great addition to us.” (Official Man United Site)
There are some who may have forgotten what he looks like or indeed that he is even still employed by the club but Owen Hargreaves is apparently not a million miles from a comeback. The former Bayern Munich midfielder has had a torrid time with injuries and hasn’t played for the club since last September and there were some who thought he may have to retire from the game but it appears the operations on his troublesome knees may have done the trick.
As a United fan I am very much looking forward to seeing him pull on the United jersey in the near future. A much maligned player who doesn’t get nearly enough credit and more than his fair share of abuse , especially by opposition supporters, Hargreaves is a player that Sir Alex fought long and hard to secure and hopefully he will repay the faith shown in him by the club by coming back a stronger player.