It has emerged that Owen Hargreaves will not be offered a new contract at Manchester United, meaning the player will be allowed to leave the club as a free agent when his current deal expires next summer.
The Daily Mirror has suggested that Alex Ferguson is keen to trim his squad numbers, particularly in midfield, and releasing Hargreaves would lighten the load considerably, with the ex-England midfielder reported to be on £90,000 per week.
Since signing from Bayern Munich in 2007 for a reported fee of £17m, Hargreaves has made only 39 appearances for United, owing, of course, to his long-standing problems with tendinitis.
There seem to be no guarantees that Hargreaves will ever fully recover from a series of serious injury setbacks, and it appears that Ferguson has finally come to a decision over his midfielder, who never really had the opportunity to justify his hefty price tag.
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