The signing of Owen Hargeaves by Manchester City has caused more than a few Reds to wonder whether United were right to let the curly haired one join the ‘noisy neighbours.’
Hargreaves has played practically no football for over two years, but there’s no denying that when he did feature regularly for the first team he was an integral part of its our success. That was 2007/08 when United experienced our second most successful season ever.
As our less successful neighbours like to remind us though:” its about the future not the past” and this season Sir Alex Ferguson has taken great strides to ensure United’s future is rosy. Phil Jones, David De Gea are two of Europe’s brightest youngsters and have already shown their capable of becoming United legends, while Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley have not just shown they’re potentially two future England as well as United stars.
Sir Alex Ferguson knows the importance of youth and one young player who’s been getting everyone at Old Trafford excited is a certain young Frenchman : Paul Pogba.
The former Le Harve man – or should that be ‘boy’- has been compared to Patrick Vieira, not just because he’s black and gangly but also because of his ability to get stuck in and be a real box to box type driving player. Pogba looks like a man against boys when he’s playing for the academy, he’s something of a Wayne Rooney -type phenomenon.
This season Sir Alex has stated his intention to give the youngster a chance. Speaking in August Sir Alex said:
“I mean if we hold Pogba back, what’s going to happen? He’s going to leave. You know, in a couple of years’ time when his contract is going to finish. So we have to give him the opportunity to see how he can do in the first-team and he’s got great ability, plus he’s got the physique and athleticism.”
United are moving forward this season and Pogba seems like the next academy member set to be given a chance. Hargreaves when fit is a very good player, but the question is would keeping him have scuppered Pogba’s progress and possibly have been a step backwards.
Owen Hargreaves was an important member of a great winning side, just as Paul Scholes, Edwin Van Der Sar and Wes Brown were. I’ve a sneaky feeling Paul Pogba will a be an important member of a winning side for many years to come.
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