Updated: Friday, 6th December 2019 @ 5:51am

Ferguson hits back over Hargreaves treatment claims

Ferguson hits back over Hargreaves treatment claims

By Nick Rawcliffe

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at claims by Owen Hargreaves that he was used as a guinea pig during his time at Old Trafford.

Former England star Hargreaves, who has hardly played any football in the last three years, made the claims after his goal-scoring debut for Manchester City in the Carling Cup win over Birmingham, in midweek.

Hargreaves said: “I've had to be a guinea pig for a lot of treatments.

“I received some injections and my tendon was never the same, I tried to get back on my feet and [United's medical staff] said my tendon was good, but it felt like I was made of glass.

"[The injections] obviously had a huge impact. With hindsight, I probably should not have had them. It's difficult."

At his weekly press conference this morning, Sir Alex defended his medical team, going as far to say that United would never have been as successful in the last few years without them.

Ferguson said: “Our doctor and his five physios are fantastic.

“As far as I am concerned my medical staff are one of the main reasons why we have been so successful over the last few years.

"Do you think we would be successful if they were not 100% brilliant? That is my opinion and that is more important than what anyone else has to say about it."

Hargreaves, who signed for City in the summer after being released by United, could meet up with his former boss when the Blues take on United at Old Trafford on October 23.