Owen, a busted flush or another inspirational Ferguson signing

July 5, 2009

Most Manchester United fans will not have been excited when they heard of the club’s plans to sign Michael Owen. The experienced England striker certainly did not fit the usual profile of Alex Ferguson’s signings, at too old and far too injury-prone.

But could Owen prove to be another one of Ferguson’s transfer masterstrokes to rank alongside the likes of Eric Cantona and Henrik Larsson?

The departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez have left United very short of attacking options, leaving Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov as the only experienced forwards at Old Trafford.

Danny Wellbeck and Federico Macheda are promising players but surely not ready to play regularly at the highest level. So why not bring in Owen to help their development, a player with 40 international goals and despite his recent injury problems, a good scoring record throughout his career even in a poor Newcastle side over the last four years?

Ferguson surely has nothing to lose. Owen cost nothing, is on a salary dependent on the number of games he plays and the number of goals he scores. He is desperate to play at next year’s World Cup and, after a few years in the wilderness, has everything to prove at the age of 29. He could barely disguise the grin on his face during interviews on Saturday.

Owen to Manchester United could be a disaster on both sides. But, equally, it could be a match made in heaven.

PHOTO: Michael Owen (L) leaves the Bridgewater hospital in Manchester after undergoing a medical before signing for United, July 3, 2009. REUTERS

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There are a couple of other young and talented strikers on the market, what about Huntelaar and Robben at Real Madrid or how about David Villa. It shouldn’t be any problem for Man U to get any of these players, they must have a full piggybank after Ronaldo’s transfer.

Owen is a risk only in the sense that he may get “injured”as he is wont to do when the going gets tough (like in the EPL for instance).I believe he will succeed at ManU since the team is defensively strong, has a very commanding midfield and still has excellent options up front. Will he fit in with Berbatov and Rooney, neither of whom are known for their teamplay or in Berbatov’s case his workrate? IF he avoids injury, IF he gets back into top fitness and IF he can work a viable partnership with the 2 colleagues and anyone else Sir Alex bring in, then he could be, once again, a great game winner.

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why not sir has been tested and proven on several occasion, so if sir says owen the fan base says owen

Posted by knute | Report as abusive

Definately another Ferguson Masterstroke. Owen is a proven goalscorer. Yes he has had injuries,but he is fit at the moment. He has passed his mediacal and providing United have signed him on an apprpriate contract United cannot lose. To get a player with Owen’s pedigree on a free transfer is great work. Will definately get 15 goals this season.

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It’s a low-risk, high-impact signing. Solid business transaction for SAF. Well done.
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This is definitely going to prove a huge challenge for Owen to overcome his last few season of injury haunt.

I hope for the sake of the English national side that he finds his feet as fully fit and in form, he’s one of the best in the world.