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Hargreaves Will Probably Pass Out But Wants To Repay Fan Faith

Owen Hargreaves can’t wait to come back.

“It will be an amazing feeling to run out at Old Trafford again. I’ll be so excited I’ll probably pass out,” said Hargreaves. “I just want to be part of it again, to be available and healthy. I can’t wait to get involved. I want to be able to pull on the shirt and have an effect on games. I just want to compete in matches, work with the coaches to improve my game and become a better player. I want a good season to repay the faith shown in me by the United fans.”

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50 Comments

  1. united.george says:

    we cant wait either Hargo!!!

  2. ellioman says:

    It will be great to see him on the field again!
    One more great addition to our midfield.

  3. SULLY says:

    Hargo will be a vital player for us in Europe. You cant underestimate this lad, he’s made of steel.

  4. Drew Vader says:

    Ditto Hargo

  5. Mackbert says:

    come soon on d filed..

  6. rooninho says:

    hurry the fuck up already, hargo!

    i’m mean that with all due respect and affection, of course.

  7. Sketch says:

    Luckily we haven’t missed you too much, because of Fletcher. But you were missed nonetheless. He would be a great addition to our squad. I cant wait until he plays.!!!

  8. sanj says:

    i don’t know who will pass out from excitement first… me or hargo.

  9. Ulster Red says:

    i just hope he comes back the same player, its been a while..cmon hargo!!!

  10. bobkoh says:

    I want curly hair too! Hargreaves will be tasked with hacking down the ladyboy from L’pool at OT.

  11. vidic will get ya15 says:

    everything is fine with his knees. absolutley love hargo, with hargo and fletch in cm we would have 4 euro titles

  12. parthi says:

    good to have him back.

  13. Red Army says:

    The best insurance policy to not be on Confused.com

  14. Jandsdad says:

    don’t forget his fantastic freekick options he gives United.
    Bayern seem to have fucked him over with injury treatments.
    He was in the best possible hands with the American doctor so lets hope he is able to attain his high levels of performance again and is back to full fitness.

  15. Andrew says:

    Has he made any reserve team apperances yet? I wonder how far away from first team football he is, I can’t bloody wait

  16. BelfastRed says:

    Can’t wait to see the reception he gets on his first game back,he’ll be like a new signing for us.Hopefully he’ll be better than ever

  17. Fze123 says:

    Can’t wait till he’s back, a midfield of Fletcher-Hargo would terrorise teams in europe. Hope he’s back straight after the internationals, he’s been missed when Fletcher was injured and in certain games last season.

    Oh hargreaves, you’re the love of my life…

  18. joem says:

    Anyone else expect a run out against Everton on the 21st?

  19. ¡No Pasarán! says:

    i’ll believe it when i see it with my own eyes

  20. Manchester United Indonesia says:

    I hope Hargreaves can play in United’s next match.

  21. King Eric says:

    Cannot wait to see him run out for first appearance and the reception he will get. Just can’t expect too much too soon though. Fourteen months is a hell of a long time to be away from the game. Even if he is 75% the Owen Hargreaves of before I will be happy. He is gonna be very important second part of the season especially in Europe. As is the other Owen I feel. Great news that he is on the way. You have got to give him credit. He will have worked his arse off over in America by himself with no team mates. Must have been a bad time for him. Just glad he is coming out the other side. As someone has already said “a man of steel”.

  22. Drew Vader says:

    So, when Hargo comes back and we have matches against big teams, either the other big 3 or CL knock out rounds away from home, we go with a similar formation as to the one used against Chelski, with Hargo replacing Carrick in the middle? Carrick played decent enough on Sunday, but so that might be harsh on him, so we could also maybe go with a middle 3 of Carrick, Fletch and Hargo, and have Anderson pushed a little bit wider on the left…

    Oh the possibilities…

    Or just say fuck it and go straight 4-4-2 and have a CM partnership of Fletch and Hargo, Valencia wide right, Obertan wide left, and Wayne and Berba up top…

  23. MichaelOwen19 says:

    Just can’t wait to see him in d red:-)! He’s been the missing link in our midfield. Can’t wait to watch him n fletch n carrick in d centre midfield together!:-).. Number 19 Coming up.

  24. anderson8 says:

    Heading over for the Besiktas game in 2 weeks,have a feeling Hargreaves might make an appearance in that one. SAF will still have to ease him back in gently. If it’s Feb/March by the time he’s getting back to his best that will be perfect with the big European and league games coming up.

  25. admanutd says:

    any idea when he is expected to be back.. last i heard on news was that he had started training like a month back??

  26. Corea says:

    “Or just say fuck it and go straight 4-4-2 and have a CM partnership of Fletch and Hargo, Valencia wide right, Obertan wide left, and Wayne and Berba up top…”

    agreed

  27. Muggaz says:

    @ ¡No Pasarán!

    Exactly mate, I’ll beleive it when I see it.

  28. giggs11gerrard0 says:

    competition for places will be tough when Hargreaves comes back in, Fletch, Carrick, Anderson, Giggs, Scholes, Hargreaves, Gibson, Obertan, Nani, Valencia, Park……

    I am generally not sure who I beleive to be our strongest midfield, I dont think SAF does at this point of the season as we have not had a consistant midfield for a while.

    The bonus about Hargreaves is he can play RB, RW, CM but and has a quality range of passing and free kicks.

  29. cantona7 says:

    in a longer version, i read the American doctor’s comment that he has never seen a worse case than Hargo’s. *Gulp*

  30. Demon says:

    I have curly hair.

  31. thesavage says:

    The thing about Hargreaves I’ve always liked is his attitude. He’s never come across as a big time charlie, seems pretty modest; but most of all I like his commitment and application, he;’ obviously someone who in the words of Cantona, fights to beat the idea of losing.

    Good luck, hope you come back snarling into the opposition as before.

  32. wazza (Bezi) says:

    can’t wait to watch Hargo again. i want curly hair too..

  33. phaka sa red says:

    that free kick agaisnt the arsenal…with hargo back we can 4 3 3 like against and with a more energy in midfield.

    4 3 3
    van der sar

    brown ferdinand vidic evra

    flecther hargo anderson

    valencia berbatov rooney

  34. RavRed says:

    I am excited too for hargreaves return to the united line up !! He is the most comparable to a keano type player in regards to the steel, ambition, passion and work-rate !! I agree with the fellow fans on ere and their quotes of a Hargreaves/Fletcher combo bein very formidable and efficient but also i can see a great combo in hargreaves/Anderson too which will allow Anderson to star in his favourite role of attackin midfielder while Hargo gets on with what he knows best and that is boss the midfield like a General !!
    My first choice midfield would be – valencia, anderson/fletcher, hargo, obertan/tosic, and i do say tosic as i feel he has what it takes and im baffled as to why he is left out constantly ?? anyway guys there just my thoughts from my understandings, gr8 site and gr8 work scott and i enjoy readin each and all regular posts, cheers GGMU 4 EVA !!

  35. Jayunited4eva says:

    Hargreaves and Fletcher in midfield.I’m liking this!

    Come on Hargo!

  36. King Eric says:

    Tricky one this. Are Hargreaves and Fletch a bit too similar? Fucking great destroyers though and more besides. I can see Fergie going with Hargo and Carrick in certain games. Hargreaves will allow Carrick his time on the ball to thread passes. Regarding Carrick he has had some stick of late and rightly so but I thought he was excellent at the Bridge. Then you have got Hargo/Ando, Hargo/Scholes, oh the possibilities!!

  37. scotlandredarmy68 says:

    Welcome back Mr Hargreaves with you back in the side it will be 4 in a row!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. theboogeyman says:

    I love Owen Hargreaves.

  39. wazza (Bezi) says:

    @King Eric : even i always feel Hargo and Fletch may be too similar to start together in home and away games against mid table or lower teams. the ”Fletchereaves” will definitely start all big games along with Carrick or Ando in a 4-5-1 formation.

  40. denton davey says:

    Drew Vader @ 0:31 – don’t expect too much, too soon. But, if all goes well, then I would expect that Hargreaves will play behind Anderson and Fletcherinho in the matches against quality attacking teams. I also don’t think – and I’ve written about this before – that SAF is wedded to a 4-4-2 because, so far, the Rooney/Berbatov pairing has not fully exploited the strengths of either player. So, I would expect him to go with some sort of 4-5-1/4-3-3 and maybe even jettison the idea of a center forward altogether in tough away fixtures (like TheArse at the Emirates or Barcelona/Inter/TheVirus/RentBoyz). Rooney and two of Giggs/Obertan (?)/Nani (?)/ and Valencia would be the likely line-up with Berbatov and Little Mikey there on the bench. It won’t be pretty but, as we saw on Sunday, it could be effective – with proper refereeing.

  41. denton davey says:

    I should have said that a healthy Hargreaves combining with Anderson and Fletcherinho makes Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes redundant – neither of those guys has the energy/aggression/toughness that would be expected. Both Scholes and Carrick play a kind of Pirlo-game – trying to run things from the back; neither is very good at ball-winning.

  42. Gudjohnsen says:

    I think our 4-5-1 tactic worked against Chelsea for the first time in a long time. I’m not a big fan of 4-5-1 but we can use this tactic as long as we have Fletcher and Hargreaves in the lineup. Those two players will be extremely important in the big games this season, especially in away games in Europe.

  43. King Eric says:

    denton – Hi mate. In the main spot on but just have to slightly disagree about Carrick. While I appreciate he doesn’t go snarling in to tackles he DOES intercept and pick up loose balls very well and distribute them. All the midfield combo’s will have a role to play in a very long season.

  44. wazza (Bezi) says:

    @King Eric : I totally agree with your views on Carrick. btw, am very impressed with Evans using both feet while playing and passing. sometimes it looks he is left footed :-)

  45. mufcsparky says:

    A midfield three of Hargreaves, Anderson & Fletch….Fuck me!!

    I want curly hair tooooooo!!!

  46. denton davey says:

    Kirn Eric/Wazza – I’m not anti-Carrick but I am sceptical on his worth in what is usually a Pirlo-role. I’ve just not seen enough of the “defence-splitting passes” or those other attacking virtues that would make up for his rather passive style of play. I would acknowledge, though, that MC might not be snarler but he is pretty good at reading the other team’s attack and breaking it up in a rather sneaky – as opposed to a muscular – manner. But, he’s 28 and doesn’t seem to be getting any better – for sure his shooting is pretty awful. Still, I think he provides a good option because there actually aren’t that many opponents who would “demand” a powerful-three in midfield.

    And, in fact, it’s neither the midfield nor the defence (with Edwin) that worries me – it’s the rather impotent nature of the attack. Rooney is a monster of a player but the others are all marginal, if you establish a very high-bar which is what we were used to with RVN, LouisLouisHaHa, CR7, and even Carlitos. I’m a huge fan of Giggs, a big fan of LittleMikey, a worried fan of Dimmy, a hopeful fan of Nani, a sceptical fan of Valencia and Obertan BUT, if truth be told, none of them have provided the front-three with the quality sidekicks that is needed to help Rooney become the player we all believe him to be.

    In my view, Rooney will never be a lead-the-line-striker or a classic #9 – that’s what Fabio Capello knows and that’s why Don Fabio will put Rooney behind a cart-horse like Emile Ivanhoe Heskey because he knows that his team can only be special if they bring out the best in their most-special player.

    SAF seems to be resistant to that idea and seems to be trying to fit a bunch of square pegs into round holes. That’s why I’m sceptical that the expenditure of almost 50 million quid on Berbatov and Valencia has been money well spent. They’re both excellent players but they don’t seem to be the players who can help to bring out the best in UTD’s most important attacking player.

  47. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    This has to be Carricks worst patch of form since we’ve had him, he had a shocker in Rome where he let both Iniesta and Xavi ghost past him but prior to that he’s been pretty solid but then we had Ronaldo in the team to feed off his long balls. I think the only reason we paid the £30 million for Berbatov is because Fergie knew Ronaldo was leaving and so has him to replace the creativity/goalscoring oppotunities (as demonstrated with 11 assists last year) but I get denton davey’s point about square pegs and round holes. It was impossible to replace like for like so we’ve adapted the thing is we don’t have an out and out goalscorer who can play week in week out. Welbeck and Macheda don’t look like they’ll get runs in the first team and Owen looked knackered after 90 minutes vs CSKA Moscow.The Berbatov-Rooney partnership looks like its clicking and we sorely missed Berbatov vs chelski as his final ball could have unlocked the door that Gggs and Anderson were so desparately trying. We have a run of 10 games now where we should be beating the opposition on paper if Rooney and Berbatov can solidify the partnership as well Owen getting a couple of starts all things should be well. 90 points will win us the league we win 10 on the bounce we’ll be well on course for that target.

  48. denton davey says:

    Notorious: “We have a run of 10 games now where we should be beating the opposition on paper if Rooney and Berbatov can solidify the partnership as well Owen getting a couple of starts all things should be well.”

    The games aren’t played on paper but I do get the drift of your comment. The real question about this is: what if PlanA doesn’t work – on the field or on paper ? I am somewhat sceptical about seeing them “solidifying the partnership” – not especially confident since I don’t see Berbatov adapting to be a classic # 9. They’re both # 10s, aren’t they ?

    I’d also like to think that by the end of January, SAF will have figured out how to deploy his attacking assets while integrating Hargreaves alongside Anderson and Fletcherinho into a formidable midfield unit for the real challenges that will be ahead in the CL and the EPL during “squeaky-bum time”.

    For all intents and purposes, UTD don’t play another “serious” match until January 30th when they visit TheArse and after that they don’t have to visit Anfailed or Stamford Bridge so the schedule actually looks pretty good. I have always thought that 85-90 points would win the EPL. IF UTD win every game from now to the end of the season they’d end up with 106 points (out of a possible 114) but you’d have to reckon that there are likely to be a few bumps along the way. So 85-90 points looks like a reachable goal. But the margins don’t allow for much faffing about like we saw at Burnley (and against ManShitty) nor for many more diabolical refereeing performances like we witnessed last Sunday.

  49. bchilds says:

    It’ll be amazing to see you run out at Old Trafford again Owen, we haven’t seen anywhere near enough of you since your move.

    Remember when he joined he was THE number 1 midfielder for Ingerland, I really hope he can return to such highs.

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