Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Owen Hargreaves needs to cross a mental barrier before he can look to get anywhere near his best.
The Manchester United boss feels that after 20 months out of the game, due to Hargreaves having multiple operations to resolve chronic tendinitis in both knees, that the player has gone through a tough time and needs to get himself mentally prepared before throwing himself into matches.
Hargreaves has missed the best part of two seasons with United and Ferguson believes that the next step in his rehabilitation is to get over that ‘mental step’ of playing games.
Speaking to the Times Fergie said:
“He’s had a tough time, now it’s that mental step.
“He’s enthusiastic about it but he needs that big step forward to playing a game.”
Owen Hargreaves has played 38 games for Manchester United in all competitions, since his £17m move from Bayern Munich in 2007.