Hargreaves joined United in 2007, one year after representing England at the 2006 World Cup. In the UTD Podcast, the midfielder opens up about the media backlash his selection received, and his determination to prove people wrong.
“People are always going to have an opinion on stuff,” he said. “I remember when I sat down with the press, the journos. I remember when they announced the squad [in 2006], I think they booed me.
“I was in the room with 10 or 12 Sunday journos. They were like, ‘what are you doing here?’ and I said to them ‘look guys, with the utmost respect, if you guys are doing your job properly, you wouldn’t be asking me that question. If you have watched me play, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t think that.’
“There [was] a thing that because I’m this Canadian kid who plays in Germany and because I don’t fit in all the boxes that you guys want to tick, [I didn’t belong]. But I think if you’re really serious about your job, which I hope you are like I am, then you can critique me after you watch me. But, if you guys have an opinion like that, I’m pretty certain you haven’t watched me play. My dad raised me to be super respectful, and I am, but if people get something wrong, then you have every right to say.”