United to give Hargreaves lifeline
Manchester United are considering giving Owen Hargreaves an unexpected opportunity to resurrect his career at Old Trafford by offering the injury-ravaged midfielder the chance to remain at the club beyond the end of this season, writes Mark Ogden.
Hargreaves has made just two brief appearances in United's first-team, amounting to a total of six minutes, since undergoing double knee surgery in January 2009.
The 30-year-old's current contract expires on June 30, but the club have been impressed by Hargreaves' determination to regain full fitness, with United confident that his knee problems have been resolved.
Contract talks have yet to take place with Hargreaves, but it is understood that an incentivised 12-month deal could be offered at the end of the season. Hargreaves, who returned to full training a month ago after a four-month hamstring injury lay-off, is now sidelined with a shoulder injury, but he is expected to return within the next two weeks.
Having been signed from Bayern Munich in a £19m transfer in May 2007, Hargreaves has managed just 39 appearances for United, although he played a key role in the club's Premier League and Champions League-winning campaign in 2007-08. (© Daily Telegraph, London)