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Owen is Aguero's Red idol
Sergio Aguero was inspired to join the Blue revolution by a Red – but it won’t stop City’s record signing trying to eclipse United this season. The striker was 10 when he watched Michael Owen carve open Argentina’s defence in St Etienne at the 1998 World Cup. He knew then he wanted to play in England. “I watched the Premier League on television,” said Aguero. “I prefer it to La Liga and Serie A. I loved Michael Owen. I always followed him at Liverpool. That’s why I started watching the Premier League. Obviously the style of play here is different to Spanish football but I will adapt as quickly as possible and try to be fully focused during training sessions.”
Owen Hargreaves is quoted in several newspapers after his stunning debut strike for City against Birmingham in the Carling Cup. The midfielder reveals he felt injured before the game with Wolves, when he lasted only four minutes before limping off with a hamstring problem. "There were 70,000 people there and, if I had walked away from the game, it would look like I didn't want to play. I thought: 'I'll try and play, I just won't sprint'. The Daily Mail comment: "The idea of a professional footballer of Hargreaves’ experience starting a Barclays Premier League game in such an uncertain physical condition is remarkable. That such a thing should happen at a club like Manchester United is staggering. It begs the question why on earth — after a two-year struggle with knee injuries — did Hargreaves agree to play when he didn’t even have the confidence his body would enable him to sprint?"