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Time To Buy Someone To Replace Hargreaves?

I am a great fan of Owen Hargreaves. He's an excellent player, quick, aggressive, intelligent, can play in a range of positions. He could be a very important player for us, just as he was in the 2007/08 season.

However, if reports are to be believed he's had another setback and is now in Munich for specialist treatment on his knee. He's unlikely to return before Christmas which means that United are desperately short in central midfield. We have Fletcher and Carrick as the two reliable performers; Anderson is inconsistent and Scholes and Giggs are no longer what they used to be.

All the talk is about how we will replace Ronaldo and Tevez but unfortunately the attacking department is not the major concern. Tevez is no loss, we all know that, and hopefully Rooney, Berba and Owen can step up to compensate for Ronaldo's goals. However, without proper service, they are doomed. If central midfield isn't stable and solid and creative enough (which it isn't at the moment) then the attackers will never be able to play to their full abilities.

So, I believe that unfortunately it's time to sign someone to replace Hargreaves because it looks unlikely that he'll ever return to the fold. I do not know who is available and who would be good enough but I trust Fergie to have a list of potential targets. Well, he should go for one of them.




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The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 9 2009

Time: 11:10AM

Your Comments

I agree. I'd love him to come back fit and at his best but we can't wait over half the season for that to happen. We need someone who is quick, good in the tackle, a good passer and not afraid to shoot. Who that person is - I have no idea. Daniele De Rossi seems to be a bit of an all-rounder but comes across as a "Roma 4 Life" kind of guy. Or maybe we should go for Sneijder and M. Diarra from madrid - that would keep giggs and scholes' involvement to a minimum.
tuscan3000
maybe thats why gibson was given quite a few games last season and seems to be playing regularly at the moment.
ryu00
I agree. Daniele De Rossi would seem like a good fit, but doesn't look like he will leave Roma. Alternatively we could go for Raul Garcia. He looks promising as well.
arijc
I think we should try Poulsen from Juventus. He was great with Seville, and I believe he is going for a resonable price 6m-8. Defensive midfielder likes to get from box to box, and Scandinavians usually do pretty well in England. Worth the risk.
Redrock71
I think we should try Poulsen from Juventus. He was great with Seville, and I believe he is going for a resonable price 6m-8. Defensive midfielder likes to get from box to box, and Scandinavians usually do pretty well in England. Worth the risk.
Redrock71
Rooney has never been a prolific striker all these time (or all his lifetime), what makes you think he will score a lot? Macheda and Welbeck are too young and so far I have never seen any players as young as them can be significant to the team so fast, Arsenal's Walcott included. So you can't count on these youngsters to give you "regular good play", perhaps only occasionally play well, but simply not enough. Berbatov was good as an "assistant" in 2008/2009 season no doubt about that, but he was completely rubbish as a striker, no doubt as well. Owen, well, we know how rubbish he was with Newcastle for 4 STRAIGHT SEASONS. What makes you think he will suddenly come good again like his past? Just because good services from Man Utd team? If he ONLY needs good service to play well, this alone means he is crap when the team couldn't play well, and you can't count on him to save the team when the team crucially need someone to do so. Compare it to Tevez, Tevez has proven that he can play well REGARDLESS of how the team play and how difficult the games are (with happy mood he plays the best). This is proven by how he had helped the decent but struggling 2006/2007 West Ham and became their "Hammer/Hero of the year". This is how he could save Man Utd several times throughout 2 seasons by scoring several crucial goals (I think he was the one who scored the MOST CRUCIAL GOALS for these 2 seasons for Man Utd. Ronaldo scored the most goals of course). Even if he didn't score in some games you always know no doubt he was the inspiring player for the team. Not a loss? You have to be the most ungrateful person in the world to even say that. Just look at yourself, your ungratefulness. And Tevez even declares all this time he STILL loves Man Utd fans, including YOU as well. You should be ashamed of yourself.
windleaf
 

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