Owen Hargreaves “stormed out of Old Trafford” following Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision not to pick the former Bayern Munich midfielder for his matchday squad against Stoke City last weekend, according to a story in the Sun today. Hargreaves, whose decision to leave Old Trafford early rather than watch the game, was put down to illness by Manchester United officials on Sunday.
According to the newspaper an “onlooker” spotted Hargreaves leaving Old Trafford at 3.10pm, 50 minutes before the match kicked off, certain that the 28-year-old’s chances of making Fabio Capello’s World Cup squad would only improve if the perennially injured midfielder played.
“At about 3.10pm a member of the security team got into a grey Audi and headed for Gate 4B of the Stretford End,” said the mole.
“The way the car moved off, I thought it was one of the Glazers trying to get away. But then Hargreaves appeared and he did not look happy. He didn’t hang about long.”
In truth Hargreaves wasn’t ready to play or Ferguson would have included the former Bayern Munich midfielder in his squad for the game. There is little unusual about returning home to rest due to illness.
England manager Fabio Capello confirmed Hargreaves lack of fitness.
“I spoke to Owen twice in Manchester and he’s not fit, not ready to play,” said Capello.
“He didn’t play for 18 months and for that reason, I can’t select him. He’s a really important player when he is fit.”
Very true, but perhaps there’s another reason Hargreaves made the quick get away. Rant’s sure we can spot the famous curly mop in there somewhere.