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By ESPN Staff

United admit defeat in Hargreaves transfer

Manchester United are not expected to make any new signings before the transfer window closes tomorrow after Sir Alex Ferguson effectively conceded defeat in his attempts to sign Owen Hargreaves.

Bayern Munich have blocked United's efforts to bring the England midfielder to Old Trafford, and after the club's 100% start to the season Ferguson is not anxious for other new blood.

It is also understood that the United manager will not move for French striker David Trezeguet, who is desperate to leave Juventus.

Hargreaves, meanwhile, has not endeared himself to his Bayern team-mates by expressing his desire to move to United despite only a few months ago having signed a new contract to stay in Munich until 2010.

Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn said the Canadian-born midfielder should concentrate on his career in Germany.

'You cannot just sign a new three or four-year contract and then disappear at the first opportunity,' Kahn told DSF television.

'You have got to be professional, perform as best you can, show a reaction and give it 100%.

'After all, football is not a concert in which you get to pick your favourite songs.'

Kahn has also commended his club for standing firm against the interest from Manchester United.

He added: 'We want to reach our aims and we need all the good players we have got.

'We would definitely be ill-advised to give a player like Owen Hargreaves to our rivals like Manchester, AC Milan and the other big teams.'

Meanwhile, United striker Louis Saha believes the summer sale of former team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy to Real Madrid has weakened his club and strengthened their rivals.

Saha is convinced the Dutchman's departure is a bad thing for his club - even if it has given him the first-team chances he had lacked since arriving from Fulham in January 2004.

'When you lose a player capable of scoring 40 goals in one season, I don't think that giving him to Real Madrid is a good thing, considering we will face them at one point or another,' said Saha.

'It is true that his departure will certainly allow me to play a little bit more and I take Sir Alex Ferguson's trust as a compliment, but I have always done my best whether Ruud is there or not. Nothing has changed for me.'

Van Nistelrooy was gradually phased out of Ferguson's starting XI following Saha's dazzling return after enduring a lengthy absence because of a right knee injury.

'Things can go very fast, if I am not good enough someone else will take my place,' added the 28-year-old, who has two goals in three league games this season.

'If I am good I try to hold onto my status and work hard. Competition makes you progress, always.'