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Friday, November 6, 2009

The one, the only, Owen Hargreaves

Before the world cup in 2006, I was reading paper after paper, blog after blog of our weaknesses in Defensive midfield, rather worrying to be honest. Then suddenly Sven Goran Eriksson stuck to his controversial instinct in putting Owen Hargreaves in the important position. It was a greatly talked about discussion between hundreds of thousands of worried English fans.

The Canadian born Bayern Munich ace who was eligible to play through his English Father took the world cup by storm. Undoubtedly England's stand out performer across all the games he played in, as well as being the only player to convert his penalty in the humiliating defeat to Portugal in the penalty shootout. Ultimately he was named England player of the year.

After almost a year of negotiations for the player Manchester United acquired his services for a fee in the region of £17 million. The following season proved that it was money well spent as he made 23 appearances whist also scoring 2 goals, both of which were Fantastic set-pieces against Fulham and Arsenal respectively.

Unfortunately though the beginning of the 2008-09 season Hargreaves was hampered by injury. After trips to various countries to try and resolve his Knee problem it was concluded that Owen Hargreaves had to go to Colorado to well known knee surgeon Dr.Richard Steadman. After two successful knee operations, Hargreaves returned to Carrington later that year; accompanied with a physiotherapist for a week before beginning to train normally.

It was revealed by manager Sir Alex Ferguson that it would take Hargreaves at least four weeks to get back to full fitness. And after disappointing results in big games against Barcelona and Liverpool; (both of which games we were lacking a world class defensive midfield) it was revealed Owen was sorely missed and to some United fans including me we are gradually counting the days until this true great comes back to his utmost best.