Paul Pogba, who sat on the bench for the last 2 matches, has now returned to the 1st team for Champions League Clash of Manchester United with Valencia to be held on Wednesday. Jose Mourinho, the coach dropped the winner of France World Cup for a 2-2 draw of United against Arsenal before he was left out on the bench for a 4-1 victory over the Fulham. Pogba wasn’t looked much comfortable while watching from the stands of Old Trafford as Jose opted not to bring him even for a small run-out on the weekend.
In order to shuffle the team for the Champions League, Jose returned Paul to the first playing XI in the match against Valencia, and all the people kept their eyes on Pogba, the midfielder who was lined up adjacent to Fred, who himself hasn’t been supported in last weeks. Continue reading
Owen Hargreaves has had a great football career and the only reason he had to leave Manchester United was due to his health issues. Nonetheless, he was always praised by Sir Alex Ferguson and his team. Hargreaves has been a renowned person in the dressing room. He did 39 appearances in a span of 4 years. In 2007, the former Manchester United champion won the Champions League double and Premier League. Towards the end of 2011, he joined City as his contract came to an end with United.
The former Manchester United and Bayern Munich midfielder did advice Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Chelsea midfielder to accept a 2-year loan especially if he continued getting restricted play time at the club. The Chelsea midfielder achieved 3 goals within 3rd
appearance as he was under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri when Chelsea defeated BATE Borisov with 3-1 last month in the Europa League. As far as the performance of the England midfielder is concerned, he scored his initial 2 minutes in and tucked away from a distance of 12 yards post Davide Zappacosta tried pulling back the ball. In addition, he did add an extra 6 minutes from a corner and flicked on the corner of Willian to achieve an unexpected brace. This made the Englishman achieve an excellent hat-trick in the match with a delayed strike.
The international of Portugal was shown a pretty red card in Juventus’ 2-0 win over Valencia. The red card was shown to him when he was seen pulling hairs of opposite team’s player. Here is the detailed description of the event. Owen Hargreaves has spelled out the red card of Cristiano Ronald in Juventus’ 2-0 win over Valencia in the Champions League.
The international debut of Portugal with the old lady was nothing short of a disaster after he was sent out during the match on 29 minutes just. It was not clear what had happened at the start when Ronaldo apparently clashed with Jeison Murillo from the ball and away from the referee. Replays showed that there was a small blend between the two players, but Ronaldo did not seem to push out his rival with his hand or head.
Former Real Madrid player Owen Hargreaves believes that Real Madrid should sign at least two players to replace Cristiano Ronaldo. He said that Ronaldo was a massive player for them and that they need to replace him if they do not want to be weakened.
He said that Real Madrid already has two great strikers in Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale but they need to have back-ups. He said that the team will suffer if any one of those two players gets injured. He said that Asensio is a really good player but at the moment he is too young to fill in the void left by the Portuguese striker.
The Vancouver Whitecaps team president, Lenarduzzi has said that Davies has the skill that justifies his record breaking contract which will take him to greater heights in no time. The Canadian midfielder will go from Major League Soccer to Bayern Munich. In fact, a Canadian teen has not been chosen for the first time by Bayern Munich. The club had chosen Owen Hargreaves from Calgary in 1997 when was a teenager. The 16 year old began to play 7 seasons with Bayern Munich besides 5 more seasons with Manchester City and Manchester United in the English Premier league. As a result, he was fit to be a part of England and played for World Cup squads in 2002 and 2006.
The midfielder’s talent did make his land in the English team. Many things were in his favor which made it feasible for Owen Hargreaves as he played the World Cup tournaments for England in 2002 and 2006. Hargreaves as a teenager shifted to Europe for pursuing his soccer career post signing a deal with Bayern Munich. It was not just his talent which got his name on the soccer jersey of Team England, but it was through his ancestry. His mother was Welsh and father was English. Therefore, he was made to play for England in spite of being born in Calgary.
Liverpool have booked their place in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League. This is the first time they would go this far in the continental competition since the 2008/09 season. Following their 5-0 demolition of FC Porto in the first leg of the fixture away, it was a done deal. They played a goalless draw in the return leg at Anfield.
The 5-0 aggregate ensures Jurgen Klopp’s men enter the quarter finals but they face unfamiliar fate as they would likely clash with another Premier League side. Despite all this Owen Hargreaves opines that the club is peaking at the right time as the business end of the season draws nigh. In the domestic tournaments, Liverpool are seeking a second place finish. They would have to fight off Manchester United though. Continue reading
Player turned pundit Owen Hargreaves opines that Liverpool have the easiest draw in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. The former Manchester United man says the Reds are lucky to have Porto as their next opponent when the continental tournament restarts in February.
Well given the other possibilities Coach Jurgen Klopp would be contented that they got Porto as the pool of second Pot had very tough teams. With the Porto draw, Liverpool avoid top teams like Real Madrid and Juventus. Many, including Hargreaves, expect Liverpool to get past the Portuguese side in the knockout phase.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that French midfielder Paul Pogba will be making his injury comeback alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo in the festive fixtures this weekend. The France international has missed the last 12 outings for United with a hamstring injury sustained during the 3-0 Champions League triumph over Basel in September.
Speaking to MUTV, Mourinho was relieved to have the midfielder back in his ranks, he said: “[With] Paul, now I can speak because he’s back. I didn’t like to speak while he was injured, but you can clearly see Manchester United this season before Paul’s injury and after Paul’s injury. There are qualities in our football, there are qualities that influence our approach in matches with Pogba and without Pogba – it’s as simple as that.” Continue reading
Former Bundesliga star Owen Hargreaves strongly opines that current Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp would not leave Anfield for the Allianz Arena. With the sack of Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern is searching for a long term replacement. Following their bad experience with Ancelotti, the Germans would be less likely to employ another experiment; they would likely go for tested and familiar hands.
Hargreaves says the German serial champions cannot take Klopp away from the Merseyside. There are better chances for Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann and former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel.
On August 8 of 2016, Paul Pogba became the most expensive football player ever after Manchester United splashed out €105 million in luring him away from Juventus and into Old Trafford.
During his debut season of his return to the English Premier League club, Paul Pogba could not really live up to the expectations or to his price tag as the impact that the French player made in the club was not really significant or influential in any real way.
The €105 million man could only score 5 goals and create 4 assists for his teammates in 30 appearances. This is not really impressive for a player that had such a big price tag; people were expecting to see him be more of an influential figure.
Former Manchester United player, Owen Hargreaves is not surprised in any way to see those stats as the BT Sport pundit said: Continue reading