VIDEO: United injury flop Hargreaves with sensational rabona strike

Owen Hargreaves proved he has still got it with this moment of magic in the BT Sport studio last night.

When Manchester United agreed to sign Owen Hargreaves from Bayern Munich in 2007 it came as no shock. The combative midfielder had become the first name on the England team sheet over the previous year, and United agreed to pay £17 million to the Bavarians for their star man.

But just before the move there was a warning to United of the dangers involved in signing the Canadian born man.

He broke his leg in 2006-07 and Hargreaves believes that leg break caused the rest of his eventually career ending injury concerns.

In the end things ended badly at United, saying he felt like a guinea pig at the club while lying on the treatment table, and that his final appearance against Wolves was forced upon him despite being unfit.

The fact he went on to sign for Manchester City also might have irked those at Manchester United even more.

But the fact remains that his signing was a disaster, with just five appearances in his last three seasons at United.

Nowadays the midfielder claims not to have kicked a football in two years because of the pain it causes his knees. He is now working as a pundit for BT Sport.

But last night, whilst covering the Europa League on the channel, the subject turned to Erik Lamela's superb Rabona striker against Asteras Tripolis a fortnight ago.

Hargreaves was happy to attempt recreating the strike. While it may have been in a TV studio it is hard not to argue that this is a truly wonderful effort from the former midfield enforcer.

If only it was not for his injuries, Hargreaves might still be one of the best in his position today...

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