Ferguson says Hargreaves not for sale

October 24, 2008

Sir Alex Ferguson has assured Owen Hargreaves he is not for sale.

Hargreaves arrived in an £18 million deal from Bayern Munich last year amid a big fanfare, with Ferguson declaring the midfielder's experience could prove the key to United landing the Champions League trophy again.

While those words proved correct, with the 27-year-old playing a major role in the defeat of Chelsea in Moscow, it has been the undoubted high spot of an injury-riddled time.

Troubled by tendinitis since before the move from Germany, Hargreaves is now experiencing a second season wrecked by the injury and reports have emerged that Ferguson is looking to offload the £18 million man.

However, while Hargreaves is nowhere near a return to action after making just two appearances this term, Ferguson has assured the Calgary-born player his future remains at Old Trafford.

"For Owen's sake it is important we say he is not for sale," said Ferguson.

"Selling the boy is not even under consideration.

"It is a good story. The fact he has been injured a few times since he has been at the club.

"But United people remember what a contribution he made to us winning the European Cup. He was available in the second half of the season and played some important games for us.''