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It's Over For Hargreaves

I think this is it, we can no longer expect a dramatic turnaround. It looks like that Owen Hargreaves' Manchester United career has officially ended as he has been withdrawn from the Champions League squad in favour of Ritchie de Laet.

A couple of days ago Fergie talked about not rushing Hargreaves back but there was hope that the midfielder might make the Champions League clash with Milan. Well, he certainly won't be there now which indicates that Fergie has serious doubts about the midfielder's availability for the second leg, due in March.

Back in August word was that Hargreaves had a fighting chance of being fit for our last three Champions League group games. Six months later and he's still not in full training. We are out of the FA Cup, and with the exclusion from the CL squad Hargreaves has, in theory, 14 league games and the Carling Cup final to prove himself. But the withdrawal from the Champions League squad must mean he's still ages away from actually playing first-team football - if he'll ever get to that point.

Sir Alex said that once Hargreaves steps up to full time training with the first team squad the moment will have come for him to play games. That moment seems as far away as ever and with the 28-year-old's contract expiring next year, one must conclude that it looks like the end of the road for Owen Hargreaves at Manchester United.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 5 2010

Time: 11:15AM

Your Comments

I think Man U wll stick with Owen until it becomes obvious that he cant get back to full fitness. Its not the way they operate.
denno4
Haha what a waste of money and wages he's been.
bryanflfc
The man of the match performances in our victorious champions league campaign suggest he was worth it and the fact that we lost the next year without him, lends further weight to the arguement that someone of his ability is worth waiting for. Rather pay bayern 17M (although based on appearances I stuggle to believe they got all of that!) for a guy that brings home a champions league trophy than pay 20M odd for a guy that turns up every week and wins nothing.
tuscan3000
He wasn't really worth that fee despite how well he played in the champions league and latter half of 08/09 season, as he barely played half a season in his whole career here. However I think we should wait to see him play before before we start jumping to any conclusions as when we was fit he was easily Englands best holding midfielder.
khoder
Was so looking forward to him coming back and playing this season - hes a fantastic player, hope he can get fit for World Cup even if not for us at end of season
niteworlok
I think its been said before before but United and England need him back...I still believe he will do his absolute best to get back in time to make the world cup...I am surprised though that no one mentioned retirement as a possibility...but my personal opinion is to stick by him(as he is worth every penny we spent) until he returns, or if worse comes to worse retire
ibrahiy
Whats the injury? 2 years is an eon.When you say over do you mean his season or career at man? Hope its no Dean Ashton 'cos no one wants to see a player end his career through injury.I remember him vaguely but is he better than carrick or fletcher?
Chelsea24/7
He used to be a better player than Fletcher (wouldn't compare him to Carrick, they're totally different) but what is he now, I have no idea. And I meant that his United career might be over, I guess he could still cut it somewhere else, at a lesser club where the pressure is not as insane.
Zae
 

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