Ferguson rejects Hargreaves ‘guinea pig’ claims

Sir Alex Ferguson has refuted claims by Owen Hargreaves that he was treated “like a guinea pig” by the Manchester United medical staff in treating his injuries, according to a report in The Telegraph.

Hargreaves featured for just seven minutes for United since a double knee operation in September 2008 and he believes it was the medical staff at Old Trafford who are to blame for his knee injury which “got significantly worse through the injections”.

But Ferguson defended the medical team and insisted that they are crucial to United’s success.

He said: “We have been trying to analyse all the stuff [Hargreaves] has said this morning and we’ll have a club statement this afternoon to address it,” said Ferguson.

“But as far as I’m concerned, for what it’s worth, my medical staff are one of the main reasons Manchester United have been so successful over the last few years. There is absolutely no doubt about that. I have fantastic medical staff and a great sports science team.

“Do you think we would be successful if we had an operation that wasn’t 100 per cent absolutely brilliantly done?”

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