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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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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 3 2009

Time: 7:01PM

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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.
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03/07/2009 19:15:00

The next ManUtd legend................Michael Owen....;)
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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!
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03/07/2009 19:19:00

hope I'm proved wrong but I think that will turn into a good signing!
The Fear
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03/07/2009 19:25:00

*re contract length: sorry - just saw the article title
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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03/07/2009 20:07:00

Wow.. all I can say is- LOL!!!!!!
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03/07/2009 20:14:00

2 things: first, FU is correct, and second, have Arsenal, Milan, Man City, Bayern or Inter really signed any "world-class" players yet this summer? The only players of note who I can think of are Vermaelen (Arsenal), Santa Cruz and Barry (City) and Gomez (Bayern) - and, whilst solid, they're not what I'd yet call "world class", although it is a term with little meaning these days.
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03/07/2009 20:46:00

FU, So are you ok with the signings that your club made so far? I thought with all the money you got from selling Ronaldo that you'd sign a top quality player in his place. Valencia and Owen don't fill that bill.
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03/07/2009 21:03:00

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03/07/2009 21:08:00

A Scouser to make you a better team.
Tiny T
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03/07/2009 21:09:00

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03/07/2009 21:20:00

tuscan3000, If we had the money I'm sure that we would've signed Villa for example, or Silva. The problem is that we don't have the money, with Ronaldo's sale, you do, yet you're not signing anyone of note as of yet. It seems strange for me that top players are rejecting the English league champions and CL finalists, and I don't think it's because of the weather, food, or taxes.
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03/07/2009 21:24:00

JD - I'm not overly excited by I trust Fergie and until I see Michael Owen being the MO of Newcastle I'll hold my judgement. Valencia is a great signing and certainly a huge step over Nani. He's no Ronaldo but his pace will create problems for a lot of defenders. He won't waste time with tricks like Ronaldo did and I think that will benefit our strikers in a HUGE way.
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03/07/2009 21:27:00

He had a poor spell at Newcastle but then again, look at the calibre of players he had to work it! With creative midfielders like Nicky Butt, Barton and Guthrie providing him with service, he sure was bound to score a 50 goals a season! Anyone loving at this deal just needs to go into hiding. This won't be our last signing of the summer by a long shot so I don't see what we have to lose in signing Michael Owen. I think its great bit of business and a shrewd one at that.
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03/07/2009 21:34:00

Anyone laughing*
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03/07/2009 21:35:00

FU, If Manu wanted an injury prone goal scorer on the cheap, they should've went for RVN, a better goal scorer than Owen.
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03/07/2009 22:01:00

i think he'll be a good signing for you
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03/07/2009 22:08:00

JD - But RVN is what? 32? No thanks and how could he be cheaper than OWEN!? He was freeeee unless maybe you meant the wages? Injury prone? You make it sound like all those injuries he had were his fault. Injuries are merely unfortunate incidents than can happen to any player. The amount of injuries he's had were just bad luck and nothing more.
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03/07/2009 22:51:00

I'll be surprised if he turns out to be a success next season at Old Trafford
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03/07/2009 23:27:00

I didn't say he was cheaper FU, I said he was cheap. Even at 32 I rate RVN higher than Owen.
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04/07/2009 00:11:00

Loz a Spurs fan here. I was shocked to hear about this signing. I hate to admit it but if anyone can get the best out of Owen it will be red nose Fergie. If you can keep him fit then I'm sure he will do a good job for you. I guess he will be rotated as you have Rooney and Berby as front players and then there's that young lad who burst on the scene. I have mixed feelings on Owen, first if he can produce his best that would be great for England but being a Spurs fan I want Defoe to get his chance with England. Anyway Fergoe knows what he is doing and I am interested in seeing Owen at Utd and whether Fergie has pulled of a bit of good business here! for sure only time will tell!
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04/07/2009 00:16:00

JD - Really? Well each to their own but Owen is a win-win situation for me.
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04/07/2009 01:34:00

not good. Yesterday, Sir Alex said that there was not truth in the Owen rumours, then signs him. is it me, or was he lying just a little bit?
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04/07/2009 12:53:00

a good move for Owen though. the best way for his England career to get back on track. Personally i would have liked him to come to Villa.
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04/07/2009 12:55:00

so you have a scouse enemy in the camp :-)
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04/07/2009 13:19:00

they already had one in Rooney merlin.
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04/07/2009 13:28:00

This is what ForeverUnited said before Manu signed Owen,"a 'fit' Michael Owen? Is it possible to use those words in a sentence together!??" This is what he said after they signed him," Injury prone? You make it sound like all those injuries he had were his fault. Injuries are merely unfortunate incidents than can happen to any player. The amount of injuries he's had were just bad luck and nothing more." Notice a change? ;-)
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04/07/2009 17:55:00

I wish this was a ******** joke, sell Ronnie, lose Tevez bring in Owen, what next Vidic to Barca, Rooney to Real while we bring in Titus Bramble and Dean Windass. This is shocking, I dont care that he's on a free, I don't care that his wages are supposedly low, I don't care that he's played with Rooney before, we needed to make a statement after Ronnie left and look what we've got a constantly injured midget who cant run anymore. For ***** sake we could of got Ruud back for nothing and he was a proper goal poacher.
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04/07/2009 19:41:00

blimey, has Fergie steered you wrong in the last 10 or more years? Bet Owen scores 20 for you next season.
The Fear
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04/07/2009 19:43:00

Kanchelskis, why do we need to "make a statement" with our signings? Who are we trying to prove ourselves to? Every fan, pundit, manager and player that grew up supporting a team other than ours, would like nothing more than to see us lose Ronaldo and then blow all the transfer money on somebody who will never fill his boots. The only player in the world who is better than him (messi) still couldn't replace him - the only way to improve our team is to adapt. If there is one manager in football who has proved beyond doubt his ability to adapt, it's Sir Alex Ferguson. The only statement I need from United is one from Fergie, saying I trust this squad of players to deliver the standards of success expected by this club. I'm under no illusions that the next three years will be different to the last three - but that in no way means they need to be worse. Plenty of teams have won trophies without Cristiano Ronaldo (including ours); if Fergie has earned anything over the last 20 years its the right to be trusted in his judgements.
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05/07/2009 18:58:00

Ronaldo and Tevez out... Valencia and Owen in..GREAT LOL
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05/07/2009 21:08:00

FU, I'm sure you would call any fergie signing wonderful, even if he signed a pig. Think for yourself man, before blindly defending every decision your manager makes, however laughable it mnay be.
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07/07/2009 08:16:00

could be signing of the summer
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03/08/2009 12:44:00


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