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Official: United Sign Owen On A Two-Year Deal

Official: United Sign Owen On A Two-Year Deal

Manchester United have announced the signing of Michael Owen on a free transfer. The ex-Newcastle striker signed a two-year contract at Old Trafford after undergoing a stringent medical examination at Carrington and at a Manchester hospital as well.

'I had just begun to talk to other clubs when out of the blue Sir Alex phoned me on Wednesday afternoon, invited me to have breakfast with him the next morning during which he told me that he wanted to sign me. I agreed without a moment's thought.

'This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I intend to seize it with both hands.

'I am now looking forward to being a Manchester United player and I am fortunate that I already know so many of the players here. I missed pre-season last year and am pleased that I will be starting at Carrington from day one.

'I want to thank Sir Alex for the faith he has shown in me and I give him my assurance that I will repay him with my goals and performances."

You'd better do so, son. You have a long way to go before Old Trafford accepts your presence, so be prepared for a long, hard fight.

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Date:Friday July 3 2009
Time: 7:01PM


03/07/2009 19:14:00
Sorry for the usage of stars. It's just that I don't think words could express what I think of Michael Owen right now.
03/07/2009 19:15:00
The next ManUtd legend................Michael Owen....;)
03/07/2009 19:18:00
I am as surprised as anyone about this move, but although I was originally dismissive, I can see it turning out to be a good bit of business for you. I think we could see something like the Owen of old again, flourishing at a big club. He doesn't like having to drag a team from the front, as he sometiems found himself having to do at Newcastle, but with the impetus provided upfront by Rooney I can see him enjoying being able to lurk amidst the opposition defence, confident of him being picked up by team-mates - something which I doubt was the case at Newcastle. I'd be interested to know more about the contract. How long is it? I'd imagine there was some kind of clause for his release if the move doesn't pay off. With a pay-as-you-play deal I think this could be a positive signing - but what a lot of pressure on him just to stay fit - let alone to score goals!
03/07/2009 19:19:00
hope I'm proved wrong but I think that will turn into a good signing!
The Fear
03/07/2009 19:25:00
*re contract length: sorry - just saw the article title
03/07/2009 19:25:00
I was one of those who thought that signing Owen was a good idea if he came with a pay as you play contract, and a huge pay cut. I still think so now that Manu signed him on those terms. It says one thing though, even with 80m from the sale of Ronaldo, Manu can't seem to attract the top quality players. It looks that you're the ones who have financial problems, not us.
03/07/2009 19:36:00
If he stays fit, it could be a very shrewd signing. But that's a massive IF, based on his record over the last eighteen months or so.
03/07/2009 19:44:00
Thats right JohnDoe no top players want to play for United. Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man City, Milan, Inter, Juve, Bayern - have all signed world class superstars this week and have turned away many more! Unfortunately, whilst these world class players seem to love england, its food, the weather and its taxes - they hate our team!
03/07/2009 19:47:00
JD - Good to see you on my turf! We can't attract players because we lost out to Benzema - a player who has always wanted to go to Real? Or Ribery - a player isn't even going anywhere? How many quality players have you signed in the last five years besides Torres and maybe Mascherano? Another thing, you only signed Masch cos he had nowhere to go. You think he would've chosen you if Real or Barca came calling after his spell at WHU ended?? Stop reading to much into what the media says and grow a sense of perspective of your own!
03/07/2009 20:07:00
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