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Hargreaves Back For Milan?

Sir Alex Ferguson has today suggested that Owen Hargreaves could be back in time to face AC Milan.

“I would like to see him make the squad for the Champions League fixtures against AC Milan,” said Ferguson. “But we won’t rush him. We are being patient. Owen is alternating his training with the reserve and first-team squads, working for two days and then resting a day. It’s a matter of him regaining his confidence and when he is able to train every day that will be the moment for him to return to match play.”

But then, Hargreaves was included in the Champions League group stage squad which was selected at the very beginning of September, so I’ll believe it when I see it!

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Rooney22United says:

    this sucks, one day Sir Alex tells us he will be there for Milan, the next day we see his name crossed from the squad list… Sadd…

  2. Costas says:


    Hi mate. I said it yesterday. It was more like wishful thinking by Fergie. There was never a relaistic chance of Hago being in the squad in 10 days.

  3. Costas says:


  4. Long John O'Shea says:

    AIG: yesterday you stated your opinion Hargreves wouldnt make it and unfortunately it looks like you were right… I hope you didnt pay any attention to some of the mindless bullies that were having a go at you yesterday..

  5. aig alex is god says:


    hi mate.

    exactly. All it did was gave some fans false hope. it was never going to happen.Cant believe some fans thought it was going to happen.

  6. Corea says:

    It doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t take part in some of the EPL games this season. We have only one Darren Fletcher and can’t afford to lose him for the crucial CL games. Not any more.

  7. aig alex is god says:

    Long John O’Shea

    hi mate. how are you? long time.

    Logically thinking it wasnt going to happen and hence i said SAF’s saying he could make it for Milan didnt make any sense.The idealistic target for him should be to stay fit, play 2-3 reserve games and then get a few league games under his belt or come back next season.That does not mean i am disrespecting SAF or anything like that by disagreeing with him on this one.

  8. Long John O'Shea says:

    AIG: I good and yourself???

    i was with you on this one… He needs match practice…. and in saying that it is not disrespecting SAF..

  9. aig alex is god says:

    @Long John O’Shea

    i am good. Thank you.

    exactly what i was saying. cant understand how it turned out into an arguement that was completely off topic.

  10. Long John O'Shea says:

    AIG: I can tell you how that happened… Its because some people are just bullies and internet hard men… best thing to do with them is just ignore then and they will go away….

  11. King Eric says:

    Long John O Shea – “Mindless Bullies”? Get a grip son. It was banter between regular posters on here. Aig Wasn’t offended I believe.

  12. Long John O'Shea says:

    King Eric.. I do have a grip son.. and I did read the comments directed at AIG and no a lot of them were not in banter and im sure as you can see from an earlier post today AIG made he said he was thashed by some.. i believe but not all… some of the comments directed at him were bang out of order and amounted to nothing short of bullying.

  13. trevor says:

    I hope everyone who has taken Fergies actual Words as gospel will learn something and stop getting so up tight and getting the hump!

    Our Champions League Squad is big enough to cope with Hargreaves in it even if he didnt play!..> If giving him a place spured him on to put in extra effort to get fit and play some part in our season it would have been worth it!

    Reports Say Hargreaves is not part of our champions league squad!!

    My take on that is, Hargreaves didnt up his game, what fergie said ment he was giving him a chance!… He didnt take or was unable to take his chance so fergie has shut the door!

    Time will tell, what happens with Hargreaves, hope he gets back i really do. But we will see!

  14. aig alex is god says:

    @King Eric and John O Shea

    Forget it lads. We are one big family and let it remain that way. That was yesterday, i have forgotten it now. today is a new day.

  15. trevor says:

    I think we can put yesterday down to too much tetestorone!

    Some people need to think about what they post, Some Would be better off Going to Support SChity, Some people need to ignore posts obviously from wankers & arseholes!, some need anger management, some need to get a life & We all need to get laid!

    Life is too short for bullshit!

  16. King Eric says:

    aig – Cheers pal.

    Long John O Shea – Fair enough.

  17. trevor says:

    Question for everyone , thIS One Knight consortium.

    Is it open to every fan, Like i would commit to a few hundred of a grant if at a push. Might not be much in the scheme of things but if every fan chipped in then we could all own our own club!!!

  18. Ulster Red says:

    so diouf into replace welbeck aswell, ive just been informed of my shift patter and im on the late shift for the next two weeks starting monday, bloody raging that ill miss the game on the 16th, ah well 5live will have to do fuck sake, alanYSB green the cunt

  19. Chris20LEGEND says:

    I heard he wont even be available for the world cup.. more miss informed information on hargreaves as usual, face it hes finished…

    trevor, The whole point of the red knights is for fans to own the club, If it all goes to plan everyone will get a chance to own there share of United…

  20. UNITED4LIFE says:

    Well..I think this story is the final nail in the coffin as far as OH’s Man United carrer is concerned.The lad is truly a world class player and I would love to see him back if at all it happens this season but we’ll have to be very optimistic in believing he wouldn’t be sold off in the summer.Some of the names poppin up as a replacement are Yaya Toure, Diarra and that young lad Sissoko from Toulolese. Whom do you guys think will be his replacement if he indeed is sold in the summer window?

  21. trevor says:

    @ United4life

    i diasgree, at the moment it just really means he isnt ready to be used in the champions league.

    Time will tell.

    @ Everyone!

    What ever happens unless he makes a full recovery i dont think we would find a buyer even if we wanted to sell!

    Someone also commented that the Germans must be laughing at us, for christ sake grow up!.. How the hell were we to know what was going to happen. These things happen in football. Its life! Its not fergies fault!

    Some people have been very critical of Fergie and the club for signing hargreaves due to how it has turned out. If Fergie was physicic then i am sure he wouldnt have signed him.

    When we herd Hargreaves signed for our club, Who was unhappy? Who objected? Who said he was a sick note! Please stand up!

    People need to be a little more realistic and just accept that these things happen and we have to get on with it and do the best we can! Some poeple are saying what Ferie is thinking but as a manager he still has to stick by his player even though he is thinking the opposite!

    he doesnt have the luxury of just going to the press and saying, “Hargreaves is a disaster, He is a bloody sick note, The bigest waste of money i have spent and were still paying him a wage. he either plays of fucks off?”…… Is that what people want or expect?

  22. Corea says:

    trevor – he helped us win double 07-08. that is enough for me to not call him a flop. i will believe till the end he will be back and as strong as the pessimism of some people out here.

  23. trevor says:

    @ Corea,

    I agree i remember the performance in Europe at right midfield and he was sensational.

    If this lad had of stayed fit everyone would have been singing his praises. Because the lad has been very unfortunite alot of fans have turned on him and sort of blaim him in a way!

    Its quite sickening!

    Look at Dean Ashton at West Ham, He had some horrendous injuries. Their fans loved him, and difnt give him the stick or slagging some give Hargreaves!

    I hope hargreaves makes a full recovery and after his first man of the match performance im going to take 1 day off work and spend it finding posts where people have slagged him off and paste it on here with ” funny you like em now, specialy is your previouly slated him …. blah blah blah!

  24. Corea says:

    trevor – most of the posters are just sad and rightly so. but i will never understand the ones who now know this is the end of the player’s career. i wouldn’t have wanted to have parents who thought i will live a boring life without success.

  25. Mancaroon says:

    just heard the news about hargo…………i’m fucking devastated for United and for the lad. a proper world class midfielder who drives the team on and embodies the passion and commitment to wear the shirt. i really hope this isn’t the end of his career.

  26. UNITED4LIFE says:

    @Trevor & Corea
    I maybe exaggerated it a bit by using “the final in the coffin” thing in my post. But the thing is his return is getting delayed again and again. First, we were told that he’s gonna be back in September, then it got extended to end of November i believe and then Sir Alex came out with a comment earlier this week that he would probably feature in the UCL squad against AC Milan. I was so happy that we would finally get to see him back but to drop him from the UCL squad means that his chances of playing this season seem to be very slim but if he does makes a comeback that would be an added incentive for United. What a difference he makes to our Midfield!

  27. trevor says:


    my comments wernt directed at you really, I dont know what the actual situation is with hargreaves i wish the club would make a statement. Give an open honest clarification on what his situation is.

    Fergie is playing mind games with these deadlines and things he has said, said the lad needs to gain confidence in his fitness. Didnt say he was fit!!!

    Said there no reason he cant make the Milan Game as his comeback – SHowing him the door is open and its up to him!

    All during this i have herd that hargreaves is being eased back and they are being carefull. Anyone herd that he has had a set back?

    Anyone hear anything about him or just that he has been left out of the Champions League Squad?

  28. denton davey says:

    It was always optimisitic to believe that Owen Hargreaves would recover and regain full match fitness within 16 months; he had a massive set of operations in terms of the physical requirements of playing professional football at the very highest level. So, it looks like UTD are now between a rock and a hard place with Hargreaves – the rock being that he will never regain full fitness and the hard place being that he will take long to do so. The real “doomsday scenario” would be for Hargreaves to never regain full match fitness – the jury is still out on that score but, to me, the reports that his physical recovery has gone well is somewhat reassuring.

    The other unspoken issue in HargreavesGate is the up-side potential of Darron Gibson, Paul Pogba, Matty James, Tom Cleverley – as well as some of the other youngsters – even Anderson, for that matter. Will any of them seize this opportunity ? And, specifically in regards to Anderson and Gibson, have they been bigged-up or are they likely to follow the “growth curb” of Fletcherinho – slowly but surely developing into the players that SAF has envisaged ?

    In professional sports, one man’s tragedy is another man’s chance to shine.

  29. trevor says:

    @denton davey

    Good post fella!


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