Old Trafford sicknote makes it in!
England midfielder Owen Hargreaves has been named in Manchester United’s 24-man Premier League squad, despite ongoing injury woes.
Hargreaves, a former Bayern Munich player, has made just one substitute appearance in the last two years as he struggles against tendinitis.
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson had expressed doubts over whether the 29-year-old would feature in his line-up, but United confirmed his inclusion on Wednesday afternoon.
New rules introduced this term stipulate all top flight clubs must register a maximum of 25 players with the Premier League by 5pm on Wednesday following the close of the summer transfer window.
All of the Red Devils’ senior players, excluding those out on loan, have been named to feature this season.
Old Trafford veterans Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville are included, alongside new talent such as summer signing Javier Hernandez.
Familiar faces such as Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown are also present in the ranks.
In addition to his 24-man party, Ferguson can call upon the players in his squad who are under the age of 21, with Fabio, Rafael, Ritchie De Laet, Gabriel Obertan, Bebe, Chris Smalling and Federico Macheda all among the young names at his disposal.
Manchester United squad: Ben Amos, Darren Fletcher, Tomasz Kuszczak, Darron Gibson, Edwin van der Sar, Ryan Giggs, Wes Brown, Owen Hargreaves, Nani, Anderson, Park Ji-Sung, Jonathan Evans, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Antonio Valencia,Gary Neville, Dimitar Berbatov, John O’Shea, Javier Hernandez, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney. (Sky Sports)
Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to take a calculated risk and name Owen Hargreaves in his squad despite the fact that the England man has barely played in the past two years. Given that everyone in his first team squad made it into the Premier League squad it would have been a bit harsh to overlook the former Bayern Munich man.
Is the squad good enough to wrestle the Premier League back from Chelsea?