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


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.”