Date: 5th February 2010 at 11:16am
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I think this is it, we can no longer expect a dramatic turnaround. It looks like that Owen Hargreaves’ Manchester United career has officially ended as he has been withdrawn from the Champions League squad in favour of Ritchie de Laet.

A couple of days ago Fergie talked about not rushing Hargreaves back but there was hope that the midfielder might make the Champions League clash with Milan. Well, he certainly won’t be there now which indicates that Fergie has serious doubts about the midfielder’s availability for the second leg, due in March.

Back in August word was that Hargreaves had a fighting chance of being fit for our last three Champions League group games. Six months later and he’s still not in full training. We are out of the FA Cup, and with the exclusion from the CL squad Hargreaves has, in theory, 14 league games and the Carling Cup final to prove himself. But the withdrawal from the Champions League squad must mean he’s still ages away from actually playing first-team football – if he’ll ever get to that point.

Sir Alex said that once Hargreaves steps up to full time training with the first team squad the moment will have come for him to play games. That moment seems as far away as ever and with the 28-year-old’s contract expiring next year, one must conclude that it looks like the end of the road for Owen Hargreaves at Manchester United.