Hargreaves: Camaraderie is crucial

Owen Hargreaves believes the "special camaraderie" in the Manchester United dressing room will see the Champions League trophy return to Old Trafford after a nine-year absence.

The Canadian-born England midfielder wants to cap a remarkable first season at Old Trafford by helping United lift the European Cup by defeating Premier League rivals Chelsea in Wednesday's final in Moscow.

Hargreaves has already won a title medal in his debut season in England after joining from Bayern Munich. Yet the 27-year-old is confident of adding a second UEFA Champions League winners medal to the one he won with the Bundesliga giants in 2001.

He said the spirit in the United camp is unique to anything he has experienced before and believes that key ingedient could make all the difference in the Russian capital.

"I have never been in a team with such a great group of players - not only talent-wise but personality-wise," said Hargreaves.

I have learned a lot this season about people and personalities. It is unique what we have here
Hargreaves on Manchester United's dressing room spirit.

" . You look at the players who are not even in the squad, the camaraderie is really special.

"That's why we are in the position we are in, because of this chemistry. The squad is in the position to achieve things again and again. That's the goal."

Fresh challenge
Hargreaves has settled quickly at Old Trafford since joining United before the start of the season as he sought a fresh challenge after winning a string of titles and cups in Germany.

He scored the winner against Arsenal last month, regarded as one of the most crucial goals of United's Premier League season, and has proved to be a reliable figure in the midfield.

Having been a member of the Bayern side which defeated Valencia on penalties in the final seven years ago, Hargreaves is relishing the chance to join a select band of players to win the UEFA Champions League with two different clubs.

"At Bayern I did everything I could possibly do there," he added. "I won the Bundesliga four times, the cup three times and the Champions League in 2001.

"That's why I came to here to Manchester United - I wanted a fresh challenge. I'm feeling very good. This is a big game coming up but they are all big games when you play for Manchester United.

Now we want to cap it all by winning the Champions League. It would be a magnificent achievement if we did that
Hargreaves sets his sights on doing the double.

"We've worked extremely hard to put ourselves in this position. We've won the Premier League which is what we set out to do. .

"It's easy for clubs to say at the start of the season 'we want to win this and we want to win that'. But it's another thing actually doing it. We want to cap it all off by putting in a good performance against Chelsea.

"It's one game. No home leg or away leg. What sort of game do I think it will be? After a cautious start I think both teams will probably go for it. We don't want to go all out attack in the first 10 minutes and find ourselves 2-0 down.

"So much time and energy goes into these games and no one wants to throw it all away. This is the last 90 minutes of the season. It is a great boost having won the league and that will hopefully work in our favour."