Manchester United

United Star Misses Champions League Cut

Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has been left out of manager Alex Ferguson’s squad for the up and coming Champions League competition.

The injury prone player has made only one substitute appearance for the Red Devils in the last two years as he struggles to overcome tendinitis, making his omission from the squad not that much of a revelation.

The real surprise is the squad which has been named by the United manager comes in the omission of new Portuguese striker Bebe. Bebe joined the club in the summer for around £7 million, despite Ferguson having actually never seeing him play.

The 20 year old has limited first team experience during his career and, although the level of competition in the Champions League is a considerable step up for the player, UEFA rules allow a squad to be up to 25 players, and yet rather than pick Bebe, Ferguson has merely opted to leave the squad at 24.

This lack of first team opportunities seems to only add fuel to the fire with many believing he is not good enough to play for Manchester United. However, Ferguson has quickly came to the former Vitoria players defence stating that Bebe, real name Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, is undertaking a heavy endurance programme as his current fitness is not what it should be for a player to be ready for first team action. 

If United at successful in qualifying for the competitions knockout stages towards the end of this year, under the Champions League regulations, sides are allowed to name a new squad, meaning that should Hargreaves manage to win his battle to be fully fit between now and then, both he and Bebe could possibly make a surprise return to competition in footballs most prized club competition.

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