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Last-ditch attempt to rescue United career
Owen Hargreaves has undergone a week of rehabilitation in Germany in a final attempt to resurrect his injury-ravaged Manchester United career. However, the former England international is understood to be facing up to the likelihood that he has played his last game for United after being sidelined for four-and-a-half months as a result of a hamstring injury suffered inside the opening five minutes of his surprise comeback game against Wolves last November. Hargreaves is out of contract in June and, with United now locked in a title battle with Arsenal and facing testing fixtures in the latter stages of the FA Cup and Champions League, his prospects of first-team action are bleak. The 30 year-old is due to return to Manchester this weekend after visiting the Munich-based doctor Hans Muller-Wohlfahrt. Hargreaves, who has made just 39 appearances for United since completing a £19m move from Bayern Munich in May 2007, also spent time with Muller-Wohlfahrt last December.
Elsewhere, The Sun use Sir Alex's comments on Antonio Valencia from an MUTV interview conducted in February. The boss praises the winger who, some media outlets claim, could return to first-team action as soon as this weekend. "The great thing about [Antonio] is he takes the ball with such great strength and balance," Sir Alex said. "He can take the ball up to the other end of the pitch for you. We missed that pace and acceleration."
Darron Gibson is quoted in The Times saying he's confident he can progress beyond the fringes at Old Trafford and believes time is on his side. Meanwhile, in the Daily Mail, Matt Lawson discusses the manager's "media blackout". He debates whether it's all mind games or if the boss, 69, is simply growing tired of his media duties.