This article is written in response to Rob B‘s article, Hargreaves to City – Has Fergie Dropped A Huge One?
When I first heard the news that Owen Hargreaves was having a medical at Manchester City, I assumed I’d mis-heard what the presenter on Sky Sports News had said. Obviously, I hadn’t. It took me a couple of minutes for it all to sink in, but straight away I had a peek on Twitter to have a look at the outrage by my timeline full of disgruntled reds. I was honestly shocked to see that there were more than a few people who were wishing him good look at reviving his career. I loved Owen Hargreaves as much as your next United fan, but surely a move to the blues total negates all feelings of well-wishing?
I entered discussion with a lot of Reds with various views. Our head-honcho Rob and I exchanged a number of views, mostly disagreeing about the days unfolding situation. I was furious with Hargreaves, couldn’t understand why he would do such a thing, and felt like it was a massive slap-in-the-face to every single United fan who had chanted his name through the near enough three seasons of injury. Rob, who explains his feelings in his article yesterday, couldn’t understand why I was so furious and sympathised somewhat with Hargreaves actions. Eventually we agreed to disagree and left it at that.
After reading Rob’s article, and calming down somewhat, I have to say I agree with a lot of what he says. I also disagree with some of his points.
The news of City signing Hargreaves is sickening. But I totally understand his motivations for the move. When you have the choice of a relegation battle with West Brom, a drop into the Championship with Leicester, a move to club like Spurs who look Modric-diseased and will be reminiscing about last years jolly in Europe when ‘they were a big club’ …you can understand why Hargreaves has chosen City over the rest.
No one knows for certain exactly what offers Hargreaves had on the table, but if he did have the ones above, from a purely professional point of view, you can’t blame him for signing for arguably one of the best sides in England. United didn’t want him, even after he offered to play for us for free, so a chance to win trophies at Wastelands isn’t to shabby a prospect. The problem is, I’m not a professional footballer. I’m not a coach, manager, agent etc. I’m only a fan, who loves his club and despises the sight of anyone wearing the blue of our neighbours. As a fan, emotions get the best of us all the time, and my emotions are asking me why? why slap us in the face like that?
So this is like Tevez right? Wrong.
Well no, it’s not like Kettleneck. In some ways its even worse. Yes, it was all United’s decision to not give Hargreaves a new contract. Yes, Tevez went to City because he is a money grabbing weasel. So how was it worse? Well for a start, we have spent the best part of three years wishing Hargreaves a healthy return from injury. Hearing news of his impending return, only to be put back due to another ‘setback’. Then when we saw his name on the subs bench, or on the team-sheet, our hearts got broken as he lasted about 27 seconds before coming off again. We chanted his name, we wrote about how we missed him, and we prayed for his return. But it never came. So after all that time, to think that the next time we see him pull on a football shirt will be in the disgusting blue of Citeh, it hurts like hell.
If you were a betting man the odds would still be in our favour that Hargreaves has little chance of being a success at City in terms of playing impact….
And this is what it all boils down to. We know that Hargreaves will probably only play a handful of games for City, if any at all. We know that the odds are they will see as much of him this season as we have seen of him over the past three years. But we also know that Hargreaves, when fit, when playing regularly, is a hell of a player. A player who now looks destined to ply his trade at the council house.
but if they win a trophy…and he’s got their Blue on his back…dancing around….well…that will be hard to take.
I’ll leave you with this. Its derby day, its 0-0, Hargreaves has just come on for City replacing Yaya Toure. They get a free kick just outside the area. Hargreaves takes it and scores the winner. Not only would this be hard to take, it would truly devastating.