Appearing for the first time since September 2008, Hargreaves could not survive more than just 5 minutes indicating that he picked up a hamstring injury and was replaced by Bebe. The manager has stated that the midfielder would not be able to make it until five weeks.
“We were at the stage where we knew Owen’s knee was okay,” Ferguson told Key 103. “His training performances for eight or nine days previously had been terrific. He had done really well, which is why we took the chance. But maybe the tension in the build-up for the lad was too much and he suffered because of it.”
The manager was sure of the fact that Hargreaves would not be able to play any part against Manchester City, but the injury of veteran Ryan Giggs was certainly a major set-back for him. Giggs who could be very vital against Manchester City also sustained a hamstring injury, confirming this the manager told that he’s certainly out of the derby.
However according to ESPN.com, Luis Nani is fit, as for City, Balotelli is suspended and Adebayor sustained a calf injury while Kalarov has recovered and has a chance to return for the derby.