Owen Hargreaves: Ex-United star claims squad almost fought before 2008 UCL final

Owen Hargreaves: Ex-United star claims squad almost fought before 2008 UCL final

- Owen Hargreaves played for the Red Devils between 2007 and 2011

- He was part of the team that won the Champions League in 2008

- Hargreaves claims the team almost had a fight on the eve of the UCL final

Fights almost ensued among Manchester United players during their training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League glory against Chelsea in 2008.

It was gathered that manager Sir Alex Ferguson had to wade in to calm the situation, and according to Owen Hargreaves, it was because the training was so intense.

Hargreaves stated that the commotion almost led to bust-up that it needed the manager to intervene before the row escalated.

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The former Manchester star however did not name the players involved in the incident which occurred right inside the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, venue of the final.

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“I remember we did a training game in the stadium in Moscow the day before and we almost had a fight amongst the two teams because the training game was so intense,” Hargreaves told beIN Sport.

“One team lost and everybody was moaning at each other and Sir Alex had to come in and break it up."

Owen Hargreaves: Ex-Man United star claims squad almost fought before UCL final

Owen Hargreaves scores his spot kick against Chelsea's Petr Cech. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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The match ended 1-1 at full time after Frank Lampard’s goal cancelled Ronaldo’s header, but the Red Devils were victorious during the penalty shootout.

Meanwhile, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has disclosed that he once had a heated moment with Cristiano Ronaldo for drinking Coke at breakfast during his time at the club.

Team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier claimed that Giggs bullied the young Portuguese star over the incident and pinned him over the wall.

The Wales manager was recently asked if Ronaldo’s conduct was not acceptable and he replied: “Maybe. I don't know if I pinned him."

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Legit.ng earlier reported that former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has stated that Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo deserves his contract extension at the Old Trafford club, UK outlet Metro reports.

Critics raised alarm when the Shanghai Shenhua of China striker initially arrived the club during the January transfer window, but he quickly silenced them with four goals in his first three starts.

The 30-year-old whose six-month loan deal elapsed at the end of May eventually secured a loan extension at the Premier League club that would see him remain at Old Trafford until January 2021.

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