Hargreaves to leave United this summer

Owen Hargreaves

AUTHOR: – Doron

The somewhat inevitable news that Manchester United won’t be offering Owen Hargreaves a new contract has been announced by the Daily Mail. His four year stay at the club will come to an end when his contract expires next month and he’ll have to find a new club to try and resurrect his career.

Hargreaves time at United has been rocked by awful knee injuries and attempted returns to the team. Back in September we were able to report on the good news that Hargreaves was progressing well and that he had returned to training. He was a surprise starter against Wolves in November but was subbed off after 6 minutes with a hamstring injury.

When he was seemingly close to playing again in March, he suffered another set-back. This time an unfortunate shoulder injury suffered in training. Today, the Daily Mail report that he won’t be offered a new contract and will subsequently be released on a free. The story carries this quote from Sir Alex Ferguson:

“This has been a difficult decision knowing how hard the lad has worked to win back his fitness. But we have made it in the hope he will be able to resurrect his career elsewhere.”

He joined in the summer of 2007 and played a key role in the club’s league and European double with an infamous free kick against Arsenal and a penalty scored in Moscow. However knee problems he’d suffered at Bayern Munich deteriorated badly and he’s missed almost a full three seasons of football now. In his four seasons he’s managed only 39 appearances and question marks will now appear about whether he will return and play again for any team at all.

United fans have long since adopted Hargreaves as some kind of cult hero and despite not offering a contribution for the past three years, many will still miss him being at the club. Only four months ago this blog took a look at Hargreaves as our ‘forgotten man’. We considered whether he’d ever be able to return, sadly any hope is now seemingly lost. How big a loss has he been for United? Do you think he will ever play again? Do you believe this was the right decision not to renew his contract?

AUTHOR: – Doron

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7 Responses to “Hargreaves to leave United this summer”

  1. max says:

    Absolutely GUTTTTTTTTED! What a pity! Will miss Hargreaves..what a player, what a telent! Hope he can get his career on track elsewhere. His penalty against chelsea in the CL final in Moscow + that freekick vs Arsenal will never be forgotten! Cheers Hargo :( #legend

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  2. Lee says:

    He was a continental Roy Keane when he was fit…I thought we offered him a pay as you play deal?
    He’ll now probably go on and have a glittering career!
    All the best Hargo, when you did play you bloody superb!

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  3. Anas says:

    Hargreeves is a good player that we miss especially in last two seasons.. Don’t let him go.. Just offer Pay per game contract.. He is only 30.. Still to go many years.. Once he his no.1 at his position..

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  4. tash says:

    this is real sad news even thou he has hardly played he is still a quality player i remember a game in the champ league he played at RB he was superb
    this just messed up my day

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  5. Ian says:

    About time. And I suspect he’ll retire to be honest.

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  6. david levine says:

    If he can’t regain the kind of fitness required to play at the top level, he should go off into the sunset and enjoy the fact that, at 30, he’ll never have to work for a living after making oodles of dosh for being very good at playing a game.

    That said, it’s a strange time for this announcement. Why now ? Why not wait until a week-Monday, after the CL final ?

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  7. Manny says:

    Really disappointed he’s such a quality player. I’ll never forget his contribution to our Champions league success in 08.

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