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Hargreaves Becomes Fully-Fledged Villain

Days before signing for Manchester City, Owen Hargreaves claimed that he had offered to play for United for free, only to be told he was no longer required by the champions. Despite his desire to stay at the club, he understood why United chose to let him go.

“I don’t blame them for letting me go. I can understand it,” he said. “There comes a point when you have to say this hasn’t worked out. The game has moved on. See you later, all the best. I told the boss I will play 40 games this season. He said he could see me playing again, but he wanted to start bringing the younger players through. When I played for him he was fantastic. He’s a great manager. He knows the players who can win a game for him. He’s the best at that. The guys were great, too. It’s a wonderful club.”

After speaking so highly of United, it was hard to believe your eyes when he was spotted leaving a Manchester City medical three days later. Whilst some chose to be understanding, believing that despite us paying his wages for doing fuck all for three years, he owed us nothing after we released him, I was anything but sympathetic. He received offers from other clubs, clubs where he could play more football if fit, yet opted to join our rivals, who left him out of their Champions League squad.

I was intrigued to see the reaction from the crowd when he returned to Old Trafford wearing City’s colours. Some reds were actually genuinely supportive towards him whilst others, like me, had no time for him whatsoever.

So, it is with great relief that I can confirm there should now be no ambiguity when it comes to the greeting he will receive from our fans, after an interview has been published in today’s papers, criticising the club.

“I’ve had to be a guinea pig for a lot of these treatments,” said Hargreaves. “But when you’re left to try to make something of a difficult situation, it’s not really an option to say: ‘Let’s sit it out and rest for six months.’”

This is interesting as three weeks ago he was singing the praises of our medical staff, claiming they were like friends.

“The people behind the scenes are terrific,” he said. “Some of the guys on the medical staff have become great friends.”

You have to wonder, why was he so desperate to stay at a club who had treated him like a guinea pig?

Three weeks ago, he also talked about his last ever game for United, playing against Wolves last season. Despite carrying an injury, he claimed he was desperate to get back on the pitch and play.

“I wanted to try to keep playing,” he said. “I think it shows how desperate I was, trying to battle on with two muscle injuries. I wanted to at least get to half-time. But I last five minutes!”

However, today, instead of claiming he was desperate to play, he reckons the club forced him to.

“I started that game with two muscle injuries but I should never have been in that position to begin with,” he said. “I was just going to try to get through 45 minutes because that would have been a start. But I didn’t even last five. I wasn’t surprised. I’d said to them that I had a hamstring problem, which I obviously did. I said: ‘I think I’ve got a bit of a problem here.’ I was surprised it didn’t go in the warm-up, to be completely honest. People at times must look at it from a distance and say: ‘Shit, he’s made out of glass.’ But I don’t know many people in the world who could do any sporting event with two muscle tears. There were 70,000 people there and, if I had walked away from the game, it would have looked like I didn’t want to play. I thought: ‘I’ll try to play, I just won’t sprint.’ I know it sounds comical.”

Again, why would Hargreaves ask to stay at the club and to play for free if the club had messed up his treatment so badly?

After United signed Hargreaves, he admitted that he suffered from tendinitis and had been aware of this problem whilst still at Bayern Munich. He did not reveal this to our medical team though. As his condition worsened and operations were needed, Richard Steadman, a surgeon and expert in the field, stated that Hargreaves knees were in a worse state than any other he had come across in his 35 years of experience.

However, Hargreaves seems to have a different side to tell today, insisting that United are to blame.

Asked if he felt United had mishandled the situation, he replied: “You’d have to ask them. There were a few crucial points. We treated it and it got significantly worse through the injections. That obviously had a huge impact. Basically, I was left to pick up the pieces, which was incredibly frustrating. They said it [the injections] would help and that I wouldn’t have any side effects. That obviously wasn’t the case and if I’d known I could have had a reaction like that I wouldn’t have done it. It was a shit position to be in, to be honest. I’m not a guy who wants to bitch and complain. I was trying to make the most of it, but it deteriorated over the season and we had to do these injections. My knee, my tendon, was never the same.”

You just can’t believe the brass neck of some people. Not only picking up a salary for years for contributing nothing to our success, but then signing for our rivals, and then slagging off the care he received. What a cunt. It appears it doesn’t take long for the lack of class and lies to rub off on a person at Wastelands.

Sir Alex Ferguson has today defended our medical team against Hargreaves claims, whilst revealing an official club statement will be released later on.

“We have been trying to analyse all the stuff Hargreaves has said this morning and we’ll have a club statement this afternoon to address it,” he said. “But as far as I’m concerned, for what it’s worth, my medical staff are one of the main reasons Manchester United have been so successful over the last few years. There is absolutely no doubt about that. I have fantastic medical staff and a great sports science team. Do you think we would be successful if we had an operation that wasn’t 100 per cent absolutely brilliantly done? The doctor, five physios and sports scientists are fantastic. That’s my opinion of Manchester United and it’s more important than what anyone else has to say about it.”

Sue the cunt.

About Scott

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. smartalex says:


    If someone is attacking your family do you ignore them? If they are broadly publishing lies in every newspaper and on every TV channel about your sister, brother and mother do you ignore it?

    Hargreaves has today been slandering United, it’s all over the news, and people all over the world are talking about it. Even you. It even brought you out of the shadows and got you to comment. You clearly give a shit.

  2. Chica Chicha says:

    Lying piece of shit. Just because he played a few mins and scored a goal against Birmingham, he suddenly became the BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD.
    Can’t wait for Evans to take him out for a few years and Shitty to pay his wages to do fuck.
    Offer to play for FREE for a club that fucked-up his medical treatment? It’s like carrying on seeking treatment from a doctor who wrongfully cut his balls and prick off. Hargo is totally a Mental Case now.

  3. Fred says:

    Scott the Red, do what needs to be done.

  4. mattos says:

    “The doctor, five physios and sports scientists are fantastic. That’s my opinion of Manchester United and it’s more important than what anyone else has to say about it.”

    fucken ay fergie. if your happy with the medics then im happy with em.

  5. Costas says:

    I don’t know how often STR moderates the blog, but the comment at 1:38 needs to be removed yesterday.

  6. anderson08 says:

    Never liked him and I was so right to do so, mother fucking twat, oh yeah, where are those shirts “I want a curly hair”, loads of shit!

  7. King Eric says:

    How was hillsborough you fucking filthy vermin cunt. 96 was never enough. Murdering cunts.

    Scott sorry I had to resort to that but I cannot actually believe that cunt’s post hasnt been deleted.

  8. King Eric says:

    Infact what makes it worse is that you are actually a bitter who lost their own Frank Swift. Hope you die mate.

  9. King Eric says:

    You are one sick fucking cunt. Fuck off you childish prick. Scott why the fuck are you allowing these posts mate?

  10. King Eric says:

    NH1X – If you don’t like the “English attitude” then don’t support an English team then pal.

  11. Nh1x says:

    Smart Alex

    My sister is not United. Forgive me if I love my sister more than a football team. My comments did not imply that I give a shit, just expressed my views on this kind of story that addresses the past or a player who does not wear the United shirt any more has very little to do with United winning now. All best.

  12. smartalex says:


    As a 25 year old American who prefers basketball and only recently started watching United, your opinions are worthless. You are not one of ‘us’ and you have no right to disrespect the English. Fuck off back to basketball, if they’ll have you. Moron.

  13. smartalex says:


  14. WillieRedNut says:

    It’s amazing how his comments get through and others get moderated.

  15. King Eric says:

    Best player United had? Quality. Thats why we fucked him off. Just like Judas Tevez. You are a fucking vile cunt mate. Now wishing death on Sir Bobby.

    Scott get off twatter and get this shit sorted please pal. Its a fucking pisstake.

  16. CedarsDevil says:

    Blimey, just seen these horrible posts, shocking really that they are still on here…

    Sort it out Scott…….. A few weeks ago you deleted a City fan’s comments because he had a go at you, this is not even comparable

  17. Costas says:

    The term wum was invented for this guy.

  18. smartalex says:

    Scott the Red

    You will lose all of us.

    Sort it out.

  19. smartalex says:

    Scott the Red

    If you can’t be here, grant a couple of us comment-deleting authority.

    Please mate. Sort it out.

  20. CedarsDevil says:

    Well done Scott…..

  21. smartalex says:

    Well done Scott the Red!

    Thank you Sir!

  22. Kings says:

    Funny how Scott seems to be allowing this filth – too busy on his fucking shit twatter site, having dialogue with narcissist cunts instead of protecting his blog from vile and disgusting comments from fucked up individuals. I have made a comment about the lack of action taken for filth posted before, only to see shit loads of arse lickers jumping to his defence. Today’s comments from that fucking bastard is vile and near the mark and they have not been deleted. I recall King Eric correctly stating that a poster by the name of Tufty was banned from this site for absolutely no reason.

    ResurrectionRooney – You are a fucking cunt. Do yourself and the rest of us a favour and run a sharp blade across your throat and let yourself die slowly and painfully.

  23. smartalex says:

    The comments have been deleted Kings … Scott heard our call.

  24. Kings says:

    smartalex – Nice one mate. Must have done it while I was in the process of posting my last comment.

  25. Kings says:

    Thanks Scott.

  26. smartalex says:

    Kings – You were the straw that broke Resurrection’s back! The final nail, as it were!

  27. Scott the Red says:

    Massive apologies for having a life away from the blog. I don’t know what I was thinking not sitting at my laptop reading through comments on here on a Friday night. It will never happen again.

  28. smartalex says:

    Fair enough Scott.

    We certainly can’t expect you to be here 24/7.

    Please consider authorising a couple of regulars like CedarsDevil and King Eric to delete comments that are completely unacceptable.

    Thanks again for attending to our requests of deletion of those horrific comments.
    It is appreciated.

  29. King Eric says:

    Scott- Cheers pal, but it was Friday night right through till this lunchtime. Just saying like. Cheers .

  30. Kings says:

    Scott – Fair enough, but as it’s your blog, it is your duty to keep an eye on it and maintain it’s dignity, especially in light of the filth that was posted on here right up until lunchtime as King Eric correctly pointed out.

  31. WillieRedNut says:

    Fuck self regulating! Just give us the cunts address Scott? Bash the cunts head in. Only joking.

  32. Kings says:

    smartalex – Thanks my friend, but swatting that cunt away was a joint effort from the trusted regulars including your good self.

  33. smartalex says:

    WillieRedNut and Kings

    We have a RoM army that covers the globe! Once we know who he is, he could never hide!

  34. Zibbie says:

    I got the upper Midwest covered in the US, I need 12 hour notice to open my safe and get my guns.

  35. Zibbie says:

    My Dad killed Nazi’s in the war and some Fascist Italians as well, there hearts were not in it like the Germans, he said they gave up in mass then hung Mussolini.

  36. Zibbie says:

    Almost forgot the Japaneses, as well. He was in both theaters of WWII.

  37. WillieRedNut says:

    We don’t need StR to chase these cunts off the blog. We can do it ourselves. A United front, will prove too much for any bastard mouthing off on here.

  38. Robert S says:



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