columnist Rob Facey wonders whether Owen Hargreaves' ongoing
knee problems will force Ferguson to buy in January, and asks what the future
holds for the midfielder's future?
Owen Hargreaves' recurring knee injury ruled him out for the
rest of the season yesterday and while this is what fans expected, questions
must surely be asked regarding the England midfielder's long term future at Old
Hargreaves will travel to the US to visit specialist Dr
Steadman, who has already operated on his right knee, to have the same
procedure carried out on his left knee.
The 27 year old has made 37 appearances since his £18m move
from Bayern Munich but has always been blighted by injury, which has started to
restrict his opportunities in England's crowded midfield.
An integral player for club and country, fans will be hoping
for a speedy resolution, but could this be just one operation too many?
He has already had unsuccessful visits to specialists in
London and in Sweden, sparking fears that his career may be cut short.
He will be joined in Dr Steadman's treatment room by Ruud
van Nistelrooy, the Madrid striker currently out with a similar knee problem,
but will be hoping to start a fresh for next August.
In the mean time, however, how will United cope and what
will this mean for his long term future at United? Ferguson is obviously a big
fan but after just 3 games this season, will it force the club to move for a
replacement in the next transfer window? Reports in this morning paper have
suggested that £12m rated Lassana Diarra and Standard Liege's Axel Witsel are
high on Sir Alex Ferguson's list as possible replacements, but have United got
enough in reserve? Fergie has already been quoted this week in suggesting that
Anderson has the abilities to be a long overdue successor to Roy Keane and you
do wonder if the injury now to Hargreaves will force the boss to give the
Brazilian the role.
Should United look to bring in a replacement for Hargreaves
in January or in Fletcher, Possebon and Anderson, have United got enough in