Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that England International Owen Hargreaves is not for sale after recent reports suggested the United boss was ready to show the midfielder the door at Old Trafford.
27-year-old Hargreaves joined the Red Devils last summer from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in a £17million deal, but has been limited in his opportunities for the Premier League Champions since his arrival from the Allianz Arena due to injury.
Reports last week claimed that United’s local rivals Man City along with La Liga side Barcelona were interested in the defensive-midfielder, with it also claimed that Ferguson had grown frustrated with the injury prone Hargreaves and was ready to offload Hargreaves when the transfer window reopens in January.
However, Ferguson has dismissed these reports out of hand and has insisted that Hargreaves is going nowhere, with the United manager reminding people of Hargreaves contribution to winning the Champions League last season.
Ferguson said: “For Owen's sake it is important we say he is not for sale. 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.”