Originally posted by Doyle78
Just wondering what people`s opinions are on Owen Hargreaves?
L know he has won domestic and european titles in Munich and that he was one of the best english players at the world cup. Furthermore, it`s his first season at Man U...
However, I have watched him closely and admittedly he has a decent free kick. Aside from that what does he do?
He rare ...[text shortened]... ut actually making tackles.
Perhaps Im being harsh and he just needs time to settle..........
I think you are being harsh, although admittedly this season has been a poor one for him.
He's superb at breaking up play in front of the back 4, about as good as Mascherano at that. Even if he doesn't make the first tackle, he is generally in the right place to pick up any loose ball.
He closes down midfield players as fast as Gattuso., preventing opposition playmakers from playing their normal game.
He's only behind Evra and Ronaldo in terms of pace in the OT squad.
He's got a superb engine and can run all day.
He's got a great freekick from 18 yards (which is where Ronaldo's style is generally ineffective)
What you consider "cumberson in possession", I'd consider calm under pressure.
You think he "rarely makes himself available", but again I disagree with you. He is always available in his position in front of the back 4. I consider the fact that he doesn't make many forward runs to be more about discipline as opposed to lack of ability. Remember Fergie booted Ince out of the club after he was instructed to only play defensively against Barcelona, but Ince insisted on making forward runs. United got beaten 4-0 and Ince's time at OT was over.
I think his passing can be superb as well, with either left or right foot. Admittedly, we haven't seen much of it this season, but I honestly feel he can be a key United player in the years to come.
Even this season, his experience may prove to be vital as we get into May, and "hopefully" a few huge games.