Owen Hargreaves's Manchester Utd career could be over

Owen Hargreaves
Hargreaves' shoulder injury means he may have played his last game for United

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson fears injury-plagued midfielder Owen Hargreaves may never play for the club again.

Hargreaves has been beset by a horrific run of injuries since moving to Old Trafford from Bayern Munich in 2007.

Ferguson said: "His contract is up at the end of the season. I don't know what is going to happen."

The England international has managed only 39 appearances during nearly four seasons at United.

Ferguson believes Hargreaves's latest setback, a shoulder injury, has extinguished any hope that the player may return to first-team action this season.

The only appearance the 30-year-old has made this campaign was a surprise start in the Premier League match at home to Wolves on 6 November but his first start for two years lasted only six minutes before he limped off with a hamstring injury.

Asked if there was any chance the £17m signing would feature again this season, Ferguson stated: "I don't see it at all.

"It is a shoulder injury. It has just brought his season to an end. He has just carried bad luck all the time he has been here. I am pretty sure he won't be playing this season."

With Hargreaves's injury problems showing little sign of abating, the Old Trafford boss faces a decision this summer on whether to offer a new deal to a player who has not completed 90 minutes of football since September 2008.

"His contract is up at the end of the season but I don't know what is going to happen," commented Ferguson.

"[United chief executive] David Gill had a discussion with the boy last week. But no more than that. We have to make a decision."

Hargreaves enjoyed a successful debut season with United, helping the club to the Premier League crown and playing in the Champions League final against Chelsea in 2008. He scored in the penalty shoot-out as Ferguson's men triumphed in Moscow.

But he had played with tendonitis in both knees, which resurfaced in the summer of 2008 and restricted the Canadian-born player to two league appearances.

Hargreaves continued to be dogged by pain and visited a surgeon in America to try to solve the problem.

It was a similar story last season when he appeared just once in the first-team, as a 93rd-minute substitute against Sunderland in May 2010.