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Hargreaves Takes Giant Step Towards Fitness

Hargreaves Takes Giant Step Towards Fitness

There's been little trumpeting about this but the official website reports that Owen Hargreaves is closer to a return than ever before: he started full training with the Reserve squad which means he'll now do ball work and will soon be ready to join the first-team squad again.

Will he ever be fully fit again? That is still far from certain but at least he made a huge step, a step he had been hesitant about, according to rumours. He has to overcome considerable mental obstacles after spending 16 months on the sidelines but he's a strong enough character to emerge triumphant.

There is of course another pressing issue: how did his injury affect his game? Hargreaves' football was based on his great dynamism and mobility and these could be severely restricted by such a long-term knee problem. If he loses this edge of his game he'll end up an ordinary player, far from the one we had such high hopes (which initially, during his debut season, seemed totally justified as he was performing very well) for.

But at least for the time being we can look ahead with a little optimism and anticipation: it would be marvellous to see Hargreaves on the pitch again.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday January 8 2010
Time: 5:17PM


If he somehow manages to get back to his early form, he'll go some way to improving our form this season. Though we dont have a lampard, gerrard or fabregas figure - each of those players has a guy who does the dirty work for them and allows them to focus on what they do best. Hopefully, Hargreaves will do that for Anderson and Carrick.
08/01/2010 18:06:00
I can't wait to see him back in the red of manchester,when fit he is as good as any DM.He for me will be the difference between winning and losing the CL.He just has to get back to full fitness and be ready mentally.
Antriksh (abmtd)
09/01/2010 08:16:00
The biggest letdown for me has been andy and I'm just happy to see him admit it.He was bought to replace scholes and we have just seen glimpses of his talent.If he can work on his shooting, then we can have a real gem in our squad.
Antriksh (abmtd)
09/01/2010 08:22:00
He makes Santa Cruz look like the dictionary definition of 'a picture of health'.
09/01/2010 10:32:00
Fergie seems to have developed an unerring nack for taking silk purses and turning them into sows ears of late. The injuries may not be Fergies fault, but don't you conduct medicals on players before signing them?
09/01/2010 12:30:00
******** hell fifthcolumnblue, you must have the memory of a gold fish mate! This weak squad and sows ears that you keep banging on about ON EVERY ARTICLE, have been premier league champions for 3 CONSECUTIVE YEARS, made two champions league finals, won one of them and are currently sitting above 18 other teams in the league! I know people say you are only as good as your last game, but seriously man - try playing the long game with your opinions - maybe wait for some time to elapse before inflicting your latest opinion on the world - maybe that way you'd get some perspective and be wrong less often.
09/01/2010 12:50:00
Yes, Tuscan, you have been phenomenally successful, but it appears that the cracks that are appearing are beginning to widen. I fear that you are very close to internally combusting.
09/01/2010 15:40:00
You must have missed the point of my comment Tuscan - for the silk purses I meant Berbatov,& Nani (maybe even Anderson) - all players of immense talent that have failed to do the business for you. And the medical comment was regarding Hargreaves. But yes, your team looks pretty *****-poor at the moment, and living on past glories isn't going to satisfy your creditors. Great result at Brum today wasn't it?
10/01/2010 00:19:00
Considering our form and theirs (defensively they are as good as anybody at the moment) it wasnt a bad result in my opinion. I might be wrong but the difference between 1st and 2nd in the league is £500k, on debts of £700M I think our creditors will happily take a longer term view than you. I also, love the fact that you consider the fact that we are the current champions as "living on past glories".
10/01/2010 01:31:00
These widening cracks are what exactly? Missing our goalkeeper, both centre backs and a defensive midfielder (who can all make real claims to be the best players in their positions in the entire league) and we look a bit vulnerable at the back!!! SHOCKING! Having had one fit defender for a prolonged period of time, our make shift back four and recently reunited midfielders arent in the form of their lives!!! HORROR! Dealing with all of these problems, having recently dropped points to three of the in form teams in the league this year (villa, fulham & brum) we find ourselves a maximum of 4 points behind the league leaders with 17 games and 51 points to play for!!! TRULY AWFUL!! Lets be honest, no matter how any one tries to spin it, the worst that will happen at the end of this season is man utd will have been champions in three out of the last four seasons! How awful we all feel about that.
10/01/2010 01:59:00
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