Former Manchester United talented midfielder Owen Hargreaves has defended himself and demanded a bilateral jaw-jaw with Sir Alex Ferguson following the former manager’s stinging criticism of him in his autobiography.
After Hargreaves signed for Manchester United in 2007, he helped them to a Premier League and Champions League double in the first season playing the full 120 minutes of the final against Chelsea and scoring during the penalty-shootout victory.
After that glorious season, the former United midfielder however, had his career with the club paralysed with Injury for three subsequent seasons, and he only managed just five games in United shirt before leaving for neighbours Manchester City.
The 32-year-old former England midfielder was signed by Ferguson for £17m from Bayern Munich and the Scotsman wrote in his autobiography:
‘When I signed him there was something about him I didn’t like.
‘It turned out to be a disaster.’
Ferguson also accused the midfielder of not having ‘nearly enough determination’ and claimed he opted ‘for the easy choice’ in training.
And Hargreaves has now responded saying:
‘For it (our relationship) to deteriorate like that was very disappointing and I think it’s a conversation he and I need to have personally,’ speaking in his role as a pundit for BT Sport.
‘Anyone who knows me will know that
professionalism is one of my strongest traits. I always give my best.
‘A lot of people who have rang me this week were very surprised by what he said, myself included.
‘I think he said a lot of things in there that were with emotion. ‘He was very disappointed obviously with the way
things turned out.’
Hargreaves signed for Manchester City after leaving Old Trafford but retired a year later, he added: ‘The first season we were very successful.
‘I was able to play a big part in winning the Champions League. ‘After the treatment I had in that summer I virtually never played again.
‘For any young player, to be 27 and central to England’s and Manchester United’s plans, but then to never play again was very difficult to deal with, I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.
‘Relationships break down but at times I think it was a little bit of miscommunication because there
were so many people involved.
‘My only regret is that I didn’t go to him sooner but I didn’t realise the severity of the situation until it was too late.’