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Hargreaves faces D-Day
Owen Hargreaves will discover in the next 24 hours if he still has a future at Manchester United. The crocked England midfielder is struggling to overcome a chronic knee problem that has left his Old Trafford career in tatters. But things are about to get even worse for him as boss Sir Alex Ferguson prepares to name his 25-man squad for the first half of the season. Ferguson must name those he wants by tomorrow and knows his trickiest decision surrounds Hargreaves. If Ferguson axes Hargreaves then the former Bayern Munich star will be stuck on the sidelines for at least another four months. Exclusion from the group would rule the 29-year-old out of Fergie’s first-team plans until January and raise fears that he could be finished altogether.
Jeremy Cross, Daily Star
The Star's story continues by quoting Sir Alex Ferguson on the matter, from his column in Saturday's match programme - you can now read this on ManUtd.com.
The Manchester Evening News unwittingly juxtaposes the Hargreaves speculation with a story about Edwin van der Sar and a suggestion his remarkable career could take him into the Reds' record books. Stuart Mathieson writes, "United’s Dutch goalkeeper will be 40 in October and would anyone rule him out of replacing Billy Meredith as Old Trafford’s oldest ever player? The winger was 46 when he played his last game in 1921 for the Reds." Mathieson reminds us that van der Sar signed another 12-month contract extension last February "that will once again be reviewed sometime this season."