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Hargreaves Talks Up Euro Chances

Owen Hargreaves believes United have a very good chance of winning the Champions League.

He won't be able to help the team in the very first step towards the proposed glory but that does not mean he doesn't believe in his team-mates.

'The amount of individual talent we have at United is bigger than we had at Bayern when we won the Champions League.

I don't think you can argue with that, it's quite obvious in my opinion.

'What we did at Bayern was defend well and counter-attack well. The Champions League is similar to all major tournaments where teams tend to be cautious and don't want to risk losing matches because there aren't many games.

'At United we will play offensive, attractive football. That's what we want to do. We will play attractive football and I am sure we will be extremely successful.

'We haven't been able to play a so-called full strength team yet but I am extremely excited about the future.

Well, exciting, attacking football was nowhere to be seen during United's league games thus far - and nowhere to be seen away from home in Europe in the last few years...

But don't let my negativity stand in the way of Owen's optimism, of course.

'I talk to family and friends and they say when you look at the squad we have when everybody is on board it is going to be a fabulous experience for myself and for the fans.'

'There are more clubs capable of winning the European Cup now. When we won it at Bayern in 2001 and when United did there were a few select teams who could be successful.

'But now every English team in the competition has the potential to win it.

'However, United are one of the favourites. In my opinion possibly the major favourites would be Man United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and the holders AC Milan.

'But then you have Chelsea and Liverpool who have shown to be very difficult to beat in Europe as well. It is very open.'


I don't think Milan are such favourites: they are old, their squad is relatively small and the holders usually find it tough to keep up their form - just look at our league performance...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 18 2007

Time: 5:37PM

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Sooner or later, you'll come across a team that won't be beaten by a single goal. Unless the goal drought ends United's Champions League campaign could be over sooner than you think. Perhaps a drubbing, either against Sporting Lisbon tonight or Chelsea at the weekend, is overdue. On a lighter note, according to Soccernet.com's front page, "Cristiano Ronaldo tonight returns with Manchester United to the club where he made his name and has recalled the friendly between the clubs that secured his 12.24 move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2003." Wow, "12.24", eh? Where did the rest of the money go then, Soccernet?
DeathBeforeDishonour
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19/09/2007 10:50:00

Nozzlers back again I see. but he might have a point here actually.
Blue is the colour
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19/09/2007 20:56:00

Well, the drubbing didn't materialise tonight and Chelsea without Mourinho won't trash us... I thought Ronaldo's transfer fee was 12.25, so you might ask where 10 thousand pounds have gone. Otherwise, you both are nutters. Why do you think we are due a drubbing? I'd say it's inevitable that we'll tonk someone sooner or later, with the quality of attacking players we have.
Zae
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20/09/2007 01:55:00

Blue is the colour, you must be the third or fourth person to suggest I'm somebody that I'm not. Zae, I wasn't suggesting United would be on the receiving end of a drubbing, I was suggesting that they'd be the ones dishing one out. What with Chelsea having parted company with Jose Mourinho and shellshocked they could well be the recipients.
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20/09/2007 09:33:00

 

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