Fergie hints at new Hargreaves move

December 23, 2006

Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted Manchester United may make another attempt to prise Owen Hargreaves away from Bayern Munich next month.

Ferguson has never made any secret of his desire to lure Hargreaves to England, with the player himself confirming a number of times he would move to Old Trafford without a second thought.

Unfortunately for both United and the England international, Bayern have shown no inclination to sell.

As recently as this week, officials from the German giants were declaring their intention to keep Hargreaves at least until the summer, when it has been widely predicted Ferguson will make a decisive push to sign the 25-year-old.

However, with Michael Carrick set to be sidelined for a month with an ankle problem, and the promise of an annual £25million transfer budget from owner Malcolm Glazer, Ferguson has suggested it may be worth one more tentative inquiry from chief executive David Gill during one of his regular conversations with Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

'We are waiting to see about it,' said Ferguson.

'David is always in touch with them because of the G14 and he sees Rummenigge quite regularly, so we will see.'

Meanwhile, Ferguson has called for the traditional post-match managers' press conference to be scrapped.

Aside from in-house TV and radio interviews and Sky TV, Ferguson has not spoken to the media after league games for almost five seasons.

The Scot has never offered a precise reason for the decision, which has caused consternation among the media but the Premier League have been powerless to reverse it.

However, Ferguson has now suggested the post-match arena is of no benefit to managers, citing the recent example of Gareth Southgate apparently calling Cristiano Ronaldo a cheat following United's win at Middlesbrough earlier this month, and Jose Mourinho's erroneous attack on Andrew Johnson at Goodison Park last week, as the reason for his belief.

'I don't think I would fall into the trap of criticising individual players myself but it is not easy,' he said.

'Sometimes managers react after a game and leave themselves open. It is not easy. I have said this time and time again, after-match press conferences should be abandoned.

'It is a waste of time and does the manager no good whatsoever. All you end up with are sensational headlines. They should be stopped.'