UTD Podcast: Hargreaves recalls nerve-wracking Moscow penalty

Our then no.4 fired his penalty beyond the giant Czech goalkeeper and United went on the win 6-5 in the shootout, following a sublime save from Edwin van der Sar to deny Nicolas Anelka.

Reflecting on his penalty, Hargreaves believes that his experience of previous shootouts stood him in good stead to remain level-headed and deliver when it mattered most.

He said: “My whole career was basically decided on penalty shootouts. The first Champions League with Bayern Munich we won on penalties. With United we won on penalties. And in the three major tournaments I went out [of] with England, one was Brazil where we got knocked out, and the others were penalties against Portugal twice, in ’04 and ’06.

“I had been on two winning sides and two losing sides, and I had been there mentally in those moments, and I understood that.

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