Hargreaves and Giggs deal United blows
Making his first senior Manchester United start since
"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."
As soon as Hargreaves came off on Saturday, Ferguson knew he would play no part against City. But the loss of Giggs is a major blow.
The veteran Welshman was hoping to make a record 34th derby appearance at Eastlands, but after feeling the hamstring injury that has kept him on the sidelines for all but one of United's last nine games in a session just prior to Saturday's win over Wolves, Ferguson has reluctantly ruled Giggs out of his plans. "Ryan is out," said the Scot.
The news on Nani was not much better either. Although there is an outside chance the
"Nani is doubtful," said Ferguson. "At this stage it doesn't look as if he will make it. It is not a great position for us to be in. We are counting heads at the moment."