It is easy to forget that Owen Hargreaves cost Manchester United £17 million when the Red Devils signed him from Bayern Munich in July 2007.
Sadly, the midfielder’s career at Old Trafford was blighted by injury, with Hargreaves making just 18 Premier League starts and the final one of these was against Wolves last season when the player had to be substituted early in the match.
United released him in the summer and it was something of a surprise when Manchester City picked up the former England international on a free transfer, although the 30-year-old lasted nearly an hour against Birmingham in the Carling Cup on Wednesday and scored the opening goal of the game.
Afterwards, Hargreaves was clearly a relieved man and hopes that this marks the start of a new and exciting chapter.
“I don’t think people would believe me if I said everything that went on, but I am just happy to be back as I never anticipated in my life I would be out for three years – but I am back and I am happy.
“There were times when it looked bleak and I spoke to the best medical people and asked if I was barking up the wrong tree, but they said I had football left in me.
“I think there was a misconception [about me]. I just needed to get in the right direction. It will just take time to get into the tempo but so far it has been great.”