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Press See Sense In Owen Move

This is the big news of the summer, officially. Michael Owen at Manchester United. I'm still in disbelief if I'm honest, I never thought I'd live the day to see Owen holding a United scarf, posing in a United shirt, looking a very happy bunny.

I'm far from convinced of the wisdom of this business but the majority of the press backs it as a win-win scenario for the club. Their support is a concern in itself, considering the Fleet Street's track record when it comes to United predictions.

Obviously, I'm not talking about the bile that Des Kelly spouted in the Daily Mail, talking as if the transfer window were closed and deriding United for only signing a winger from Wigan and a 29-year-old injury prone striker on a free transfer.

No, I rate Martin Samuel's opinion higher: he believes that 'It is a coup from left field that will surprise and disquiet in equal measure. Face it, what defender would truly enjoy facing a fit, firing Owen in a Manchester United shirt next season? If Ferguson can restore him to former glories, there will be no finer goalscorer in the Premier League.'

Independent's James Lawton also concentrates on the possible benefits: 'United, who were not awash with goals at vital points of last season, get one of the most practiced hands in that vital department. Owen gets to go about his business in a team which apart from winning the game's most serious silverware doesn't, if we forget for a moment the Champions League final against Barcelona, frequently suggest that their idea of teamwork is a collective failure of nerve — a bonus he did not enjoy in his four years in Newcastle.'

BBC's Phil McNulty agrees with Lawton about Owen's goalscoring potential:

i>'...as someone who watched United regularly last season, if there was one element missing from the squad that deservedly claimed a third successive Premier League title, it was a ruthless, killer instinct. Owen will never lose that and the pragmatist in Ferguson tells him that, even at 29, he can add an extra dimension to United.'

Kevin McCarra, in the Guardian, notes that Owen, as a specialist goalscorer, could have a very special role to play: 'It may be that Owen can help United win the run-of-mill matches more easily, so allowing his team-mates to conserve energy for key fixtures in a long campaign.'

Tony Cascarino (ok, not a proper journalist rather an annoying ex-footballer doing expert analysis for a living), Times, calls this Fergie's weirdest signing but sees sense in it. He writes that Fergie will think about Owen that '...he has played on the biggest European stage and got goals." If you can get goals at Real, as a substitute or a starter, you can do it anywhere. And there are not too many available players out there who could do that.

So there's optimism that Owen could reignite his faltering career at a club like ours - and in turn, help us to a few much-needed goals. IF it all works out like this, I'll be happy - but I have serious doubts about this whole thing, regardless of the hacks' opinions.



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Writer:Zae
Date:Saturday July 4 2009
Time: 9:36AM

Comments

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Two down,another player or two would do the trick.
abmtd
04/07/2009 15:30:00
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costa,sanchez or young,that would be perfect.
abmtd
04/07/2009 15:47:00
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Lets be honest then, if it was Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal that had signed Michael Owen, everyone here would be *****ing themselves laughing at the waste of money on this injury prone has-been.
SuspectPackage
04/07/2009 18:57:00
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Ridiculous signing, we've lost world class players in Ronnie and Carlos and now this, sure ***** it lets sign Shevchenko and really make a show of ourselves. Whats happened? Have the Glazers pocketed the Ronaldo money and left us to trawl the bargain basement for yesterday men. SuspectPackage is right if any other big club signed him we'd be laughing at them.
Kanchelskis
04/07/2009 19:33:00
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Agreed Kanchelskis... I just need to get this off my chest... Hahahahahahahahahahahaha... Gag... Hahahaha... Cough, splutter... Haha... Hey FU, owens a Big big big step up from tevez and ronaldo right? cant wait for you to try convincing that to everyone
Smilezzz
04/07/2009 19:43:00
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I don't want him at the club due to his scouse connections. Having said that it amuses me that we do have a player who liverpool idolised and paid nothing for him which really winds their fans up, I would cheer the devil himself if he pulls on the United shirt and plays well. The media only say this is a good signing because he's the best out and out striker England have got and at Man United he will get games and this is a World Cup Year, that is all that concerns the journos. If he went to another top four club he wouldn't play enough games as the other managers are poor in utilising their squads. I personally think we are done in the transfer market.
NotoriousRedDevil
05/07/2009 11:23:00
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If this is all we do in the transfer market we are *****ed.
Kanchelskis
05/07/2009 17:53:00
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Smilezzz - Hahahahaha. What a t*t you are! Who has said he's a big step from Ronaldo and Tevez? All I know is he'll score more goals than Tevez if he plays and almost every knowledgeable pundit agrees with this. So please take your filthy lowlife self somewehere else please...
ForeverUnited
05/07/2009 18:28:00
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In terms of goal scoring Owen will be better for us than Tevez if he can make 30 appearances. Comparing him to Shevchenko is ridiculous - Michael Owen scored more goals than Shevchenko in one season playing for a crap newcastle team than Shevchenko scored in the last two seasons playing for Chelsea and Milan! For me, spending millions of pounds on strikers with big names and debatable goal scoring records (fabiano I'm looking at you!) is no more of a risk than signing michael owen.
tuscan3000
05/07/2009 21:26:00
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FOREVERUNITED ...QUIT BEGGING!!! ... you have been saying for years that Owen is ******...he hasnt done f all for years...hes lost his speed..everyone knows that his only real weapon was his speed which is why he relyed on Liverpools long ball tactics ..at Newcastle he was always injured and cant play proper attacking football hence why he struggled...youve bought a ****** player who may score a few goals but is mid table quality compared to the mighty Ronaldo...and reliable Tevez..
I Bling Red
06/07/2009 12:49:00
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