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Hoping Owen Hargreaves Gets the Luck He Deserves at Manchester City

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Owen Hargreaves to Manchester City. How on earth has that come about?!

Having been released by Manchester United this summer, Hargreaves must have felt that his chance at the very top of English football had gone for good. Rumors of talks with West Brom and even ex-England boss Sven Goran Eriksson taking Hargreaves to big spending Leicester were rife, with Roy Hodgson seemingly favorite to clinch Hargreaves signature.

But then with a day to go before the deadline was due to close, murmurings of Man City talking to the two time Champions League winner were circulating. The club accused of buying the best in order to challenge United were signing their cast-offs for free!

The early season injury to Nigel de Jong and with the Citizens due to lose Yaya Toure during the African Nations Cup, Mancini has identified a perfect anchorman as a replacement. Hargreaves, the 30 year old, has everything needed to be regarded as a top class signing; major honors in top European leagues, experience with England at the highest level and the aforementioned Champions League winners medals. The only thing missing were the millions normally needed to secure a signature like Hargreaves’.

Let’s make no mistakes, City have hedged their bets, putting Hargreaves through a strenuous three hour medical and placing him on a one year pay-as-you-play deal means there isn’t really anything to lose for the noisy neighbours.

But Hargreaves has shown he has the strength of mind to make it again. He moved away from his Canadian home to Munich alone aged just 13 to realize his dream of playing at the top. And when booed by England fans during a friendly with Hungary in 2006, Hargreaves reacted months later by signing for Man Utd, starring in England’s central midfield and well and truly sticking two fingers up to his doubters.

Time will tell if Hargreaves can again reach the very top. Here’s hoping he gets the luck he deserves.

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  1. MG

    September 6, 2011 at 12:59 am

    Fantastic new look, fellas 🙂 Loving it.

    • The Gaffer

      September 6, 2011 at 7:29 am

      Thanks MG. Still working out the kinks. But we’re getting there!

      The Gaffer

  2. Austin LeBlanc

    September 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    ATTENTION: If there is anyone that plays Premier League Fantasy on the Barclays site, could you please tell me how to access the Wildcard feature? I am having trouble figuring out how to use it.


    • Evan

      September 5, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      You have to use of your free transfer first.
      Then make all your transfers and when you go to confirm them there should be an option to activate your wildcard.

      I played my wildcard a few days ago 🙂

      • Austin LeBlanc

        September 6, 2011 at 8:00 am

        okay, thanks!

  3. QPR_Fan

    September 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    [quote]Time will tell if Hargreaves can again reach the very top. Here’s hoping he gets the [b]chance[/b] he deserves.[/quote]


  4. Why?

    September 5, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I think it’s a win, win situation for both parties. If he plays and plays well while keeping fit he put himself into a strong position for a 2 or 3 year contract to finish his career if that will be ith City or not who knows? On the other hand if he breaks down again at least he gave it ago at the top which is where he wants to be not Leicester or West Brom no disrespect to these clubs intended. He may have got more games for them but would he be proving to his doubters that he can still perform at the top level?
    I wish him luck with his future and I’m sure most Utd fans will do the same. After all if their’s somebody who deserves it he must be near the front of the cue.

  5. Bishopville Red

    September 5, 2011 at 10:27 am

    According to many jilted Canadians, he already received the luck he deserves. Not a lot of love for the man many Canadian supporters call “Whoregraves”; he’s a very polarizing figure.

    • Why?

      September 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

      They call him “Whoregraves” that’s a bit strong all his family are British I would have thought he would have been brought up a Britt where ever he was and player sdon’t get that much for playing with there Country after all it’s not like being on a wage with a Club.
      I suppose it’s how the person feels and being brought up by a British family this is how he felt. Seams like a quiet guy to me who just gets on with it, even though he has been terribly unlucky but I’m sure you wish him all the best for the future 😉

      • Bishopville Red

        September 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

        I like what he brings to the pitch as a player and have no beef with his decision. After all, United ditched him, not the tother way around. For United fans to complain that he signed for City is like the guy who dumps his girlfriend and then calls her a tramp because she’s dating before him.

        The last thing I want to see him do is lift silverware in a sky blue shirt. But that goes for anybody in a sky blue shirt.

        As much as his Dad was born in England and Mum in Wales (or vice versa, I forget) he was born on Canadian soil and worked part way up through the Canadian national system. He also said all the right things about playing for Canada before England, Wales and Germany expressed interest. Sort of Like Teal Bunbury, who said he could only ever see himself playing for Canada, but jumped the second the USMNT offered.

        There’s a little more to it according to the haters, but like I said, I’m not havin’ it. If a guy is rejected by Canadian youth side (OH claimed that wan’t a factor in his ultimate decision) then flies over to Germany and gets on with one of the best youth programs on the planet, I’m not sure it’s the player whose at fault.

    • Canada Wheeler

      September 6, 2011 at 5:26 am

      I am a Canadian who does not begrudge Hargreaves decision to play
      for England. We have made the World Cup once (1986). Annoying as
      their followers are, England almost always qualifies for Europe and
      the World Cup. England gave Hargreaves a chance to shine on the
      world stage that he almost certainly would not have received
      playing for Canada. Hargreaves’ qualification for England was not a
      passport of convenience. He has legitimate ties through his English
      father who was essentially his first coach and the “agent” who got
      Bayern’s attention. You are, in fact, the first Canadian who has
      expressed any malcontent towards Hargreaves in all that I have hear
      or read. No doubt there are others but they would be in a tiny
      minority. Your comments might apply to Greg Rusedski. Learn to
      celebrate the accomplishments of our native sons. The people of the
      West Indies have with Lennox Lewis, Ben Johnson (until…), Donovan
      Bailey, Angela Chalmers, Bruni Surin, etc. You might consider the
      same. Canada Wheeler

      • Bishopville Red

        September 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

        A) I already pointed out that I have no problem with his decision.

        B) I did not express any ill will toward Hargo. I simply stated that it exists, and in response to WHY, pointed out one or two of the arguments haters roll out.

        C) If this is the first time you’ve ever heard that there is a significant jilted Canadian Footy population that dislike Hargreaves, you don’t pay attention to Canadian footy.

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