Date: 29th August 2008 at 4:27pm
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The big question is, will Owen Hargreaves ever get rid of his knee problems? It looks unlikely. I don’t know why he didn’t have surgery this summer after he revealed that his tendonitis problem was causing him pain throughout last season.

The reason I’m talking about this is that the latest news confirm that Hargreaves will not take part in tonight’s Super Cup game against Zenit, despite Sir Alex’s promise that he would finally appear for United this season.

Manchester Evening News reported it was a recurrence of his knee problem and unfortunately, I’m inclined to believe them. For those who are after a more optimistic outlook: it is possible that Fergie and the United staff did not want to risk a clash with Fabio Capello, the England manager.

Fergie said yesterday that though he would give Hargreaves 45-60 minutes, he would think the midfielder is unlikely to be fit enough to play for England. This sort of argument is unlikely to have impressed Fabio Capello and it might be that Fergie fears the Italian will call up the midfielder and has now provided an iron-clad reason not to do so.

But, as I said, it looks like wishful thinking. Hargreaves seems to be our latest sicknote who just can’t get rid of an injury problem that rarely troubled him at Bayern. One must ask: should we not have a quick look at the medical staff? Isn’t it possible that we make mistakes in that department?