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Owen To United? Worst Joke Of The Summer

Owen To United? Worst Joke Of The Summer

I know some people are desperate that it's already, erm, July 2 and we haven't signed anyone yet, apart from Antonio Valencia. But really, folks, get a grip: Michael Owen to Old Trafford?

Bookmakers apparently slashed the odds as a number of punters backed him to make the switch from Newcastle but surely this is the worst joke of the summer. Those who actually believe it's possible should have their heads examined: they imply that Fergie will sign a player who's lost his pace and his link-up play, passing, workrate are all average, his only outstanding quality being his finishing.

Add to this his astronomical wages and that he's spending more time in treatment rooms than on the pitch and you have a clear picture of a player who must be kept away from Old Trafford. This rumour is a worse joke than Tevez's insistence that Fergie made a mistake by not starting him in Rome...

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Date:Thursday July 2 2009
Time: 5:41PM


Not sure this is as crazy as you might think. With Berba and Rooney as starters any new striker would have to accept a regular role on the bench or at least heavy rotation. You also don't want a player that is going to limit the development of to very good prospects in Welbeck and Macheda. With Owens injuries and professinalism he we would be accepting of this role. As far as being a hitman, the stats don't lie, he's one of the most efficient striker in the league in terms of shots to goals - and lets not forget that as well as being played out of position, newcasle were battling relegation. He knows he could never demand what he was earning at newcastle. If he was on a performance based contract with a £40K basic and £10K for appearances and goals he'd either be getting paid less than Djemba-Djemba was to do nothing or he'd be earning £100k a week to score hatricks. If it didn't work out some crazy turkish team would still be willing to pay £1M for him next season and we'd recover the wages. I'd rather see a proven englishman with a dodgy leg playing an effective bit part role than pay £30M+ for an aguero, fabiano or huntelaar who may well be just as useless in england as michael owen has the potential to be. We have nothing to lose but a bit of pride if it goes wrong, but everything to gain. Berba and Rooney are happy as starters and Macheda and Welbeck don't see their chances limited too much. Having said that, I still want us to take a punt on Marcus Berg!
02/07/2009 18:45:00
Zae if this guy was fit then I wouldn't mind,if fergie was serious about welbeck and his world cup chances,then he will surely play many games in this season and hence a move for another big striker does not make any sense.Plus at newcastle even a great player will look average or worst as they just don't have any creator in that team.Yes Owen is not the same player he once was but with our creativity,he can atleast finish the chances that so often r missed by our players.His fitness and his wages r the biggest hurdles for me.If he is ready to slash his wages to 30000-40000 in that bracket and can prove his fitness,then this deal can surely be considered.
02/07/2009 18:47:00
his wages would only be £40k, and signing him would mean more time on the pitch for rooney and berbatov as owen wouldnt expect to start everygame and he also gets injured :| i think this a gamble i wouldnt mind us taking
02/07/2009 19:00:00
If anyone can take such risk then its fergie.Remember the 2006-07 season when he sold rudd and bought no one,instead he relied on saha who is as injury prone as owen if not better.So Zae don't rule out anything as in that season it was an even bigger risk with no back up if saha got injured atleast till the jan. transfer window.Here we atleast have berba and rooney as our prefered strike force.
02/07/2009 19:09:00
I can see this one stunning a few but making thousands guffaw!
02/07/2009 19:09:00
Without being funny, surely some of you should show a little more respect to Owen. There is no guarantee that he'll be injured again next season - and a fit Michael Owen is a far better goalscorer than Dimitar Berbatov will ever be...
02/07/2009 19:52:00
TLOZ - a 'fit' Michael Owen? Is it possible to use those words in a sentence together!?? Berbatov might not score loads but he offers so much more in all other areas.
02/07/2009 20:10:00
Surely a joke.
02/07/2009 20:16:00
Owen is 1/3 to join United on sky bet. Have the bookies got some insider knowledge? With those odds they seem pretty certain! Worst case scenario is that he comes in gets injured and doesn't play. We still have four other strikers. As longs as the others stay fit, we have nothing to worry about.
02/07/2009 20:27:00
This wont do much for fan confidence, we lose Benzema and Ronnie to Real and now we are linked to a player well out of his prime who has possibly just had his worst ever season, next we'll be linked with Shevchenko, surely theres a good striker hanging about in Italy or somewhere else with a half decent league.
02/07/2009 20:37:00
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