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Ex-Manchester United and City midfielder Owen Hargreaves considers retirement after injury-blighted career

By Dean Wilkins

Ex-Manchester United and City midfielder Owen Hargreaves is deciding if retirement is the answer after years of injuries blighted his career.

The former England star made the switch from Red to Blue at the end of last season and agreed a one-year deal with the Premier League champions.

But another injury-prone season resulted in Hargreaves only making four appearances and was released by City.

Speaking about retirement, Hargreaves said in Kiev: “I don’t want to chase something.”

“If I get the right fit I will go for it.

“But I am not forced to do anything and if I can’t get back to the level I used to, I don’t want to play.”

England’s best player at the 2006 World Cup is younger than tonight’s midfield duo of Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker.

But Hargreaves only won a further eight caps after being the only player to convert his penalty in the quarter-final shoot-out defeat to Portugal.

“I am a football player,” he said. “That is how I am identified as an individual.

“I was pretty humbled in the sense that was taken away from me. Now it is about taking the next step and deciding what I want to do.

“But the really satisfying thing is that I have put myself in a position where I can actually think about it.

“Maybe I will never be in a Champions League final or semi-final again but to get to where I am now is a huge achievement.”

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