United play down Hargreaves delay

Manchester United insist Owen Hargreaves’ withdrawal from their
reserve match on Thursday is not a setback in his comeback from
injury.

The England international was due to make his long-awaited
return at Altrincham’s Moss Lane, but he will no longer feature in
the game.

The former Bayern Munich man has not played for the Red
Devils since September 2008 with a series of knee problems keeping
him on the sidelines.

United insists Hargreaves has not suffered a fresh problem
and that the timing of the reserve fixture no longer works within
his schedule.

“This definitely isn’t another injury setback,” a spokesman
told the club’s official website.

“It just doesn’t fit in with Owen’s training schedule.”