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15/12/2009 10:05

Papers: Hargreaves setback

Hargo agony over Utd return
Owen Hargreaves is struggling to overcome the psychological hurdle of making a comeback. The England star has physically recovered from two knee ops that sidelined him for 14 months. But he still lacks the confidence to make a return and spends most of his time training alone with United's physio. Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Owen is doing most things but it's the confidence part to mark the big step forward in the competitive part of the training that needs to come." Fergie originally suggested Hargreaves would be back by November. But there is now no timescale on when he will even be playing training matches, let alone the Premier League.
Neil Custis, The Sun

"Manchester United and Arsenal have been told to forget about signing Standard Liege's £15million-rated midfielder Steven Defour, 21, in January," says The Sun again. "But Paul Stefani, the player's agent, hinted at a summer move and said: 'Of course Steven would be interested in coming to England in the future.'"

Sir Alex will be at OT for at least five more years, according to Ryan Giggs. The Times quotes Giggs saying: "The manager is as good as ever and will go on for a long time. I can still see him as manager of United in five years’ time, because as long as he is healthy he will have the desire to carry on." Giggs also stated a desire to finish his career at United, but believes when he does retire, Sir Alex will still be there.

When that time eventually comes, Richard Williams of The Guardian tips Laurent Blanc to be Sir Alex’s successor. He writes: "The neatest solution would be for Blanc to maintain Bordeaux's success for another 18 months and see out his contract before taking over at Old Trafford in the summer of 2011."

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