Owen Hargreaves aims to beat a minor injury setback to face Blackburn on Saturday. Last week, United Review asked about his 2008/09 targets and his new terrace song...
What are your targets for your second season with United?
Within the team, to do what we did last season and more, which means competing in every competition. We need to peak at the important times when we have big games, and the ultimate goal is to match, or surpass, last season. It’s a big ask, but we’ll try. Personally, I want to be available for every game and have a healthy season.
Could you have imagined a more successful debut season than last year's Double?
I did expect the success we had last season, that’s precisely why I came here. I was in a very good situation at Bayern Munich – I’d already won the Champions League, the Bundesliga four times, the domestic cup three times. I was used to winning, but I expected it to be a step up coming to United. Winning those two trophies was among my expectations from day one, and it was no surprise to me that we were able to achieve it. It’s so easy at the start of a season to say, ‘we want to win the league’ or ‘we want to win the Champions League’, everybody says it. But I genuinely thought we had the ability to do it. In the end, we had our key players healthy, peaked at the right time and played good football. I think we deserved what we got.
It wasn't the ideal start from the team's perspective, why was that?
From the beginning of the season we’ve been missing some key individuals. Ronny was out, Anderson was at the Olympics, Wazza and Michael Carrick were out… we miss those players. We’ve got a good squad and we can cope with injuries, but any team would miss players of that calibre. The start wasn’t ideal and the Liverpool game was our worst performance in quite a while. But they’re a decent side and deserved to win. We’ve just got to improve. Everyone is slowly coming back but we are going to be forced to gel as quickly as possible.
When you look at the talent in the United squad, you must be confident of a strong run from here on?
That’s the good thing about this club. Last season we started slowly with draws against Reading and Portsmouth and a