Manchester United - Fergie Desperate To Talk Up Owen's Credentials
UK time is: 14:16:49
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Fergie Desperate To Talk Up Owen's Credentials

Sir Alex says that he's not concerned by the fans' opinion on Michael Owen getting the legendary number seven shirt. Well, I think it's not true: the fact that he's gone some way to justify his decision speaks volumes about his awareness of our opinions.

'The criteria for the number seven is quite clear,' he said.

'It is a jersey that has been worn by some high-profile players and we have that in Michael Owen.

'You have to choose someone you are confident can carry that on and his profile in the last decade has been outstanding.

'I am not concerned about what the supporters think - it is important to give it to someone who is confident and comfortable and he was a natural choice.'


It wasn't natural at all: it should have been given to someone who had the potential to be an inspiration to his teammates, who can win games on his own. Owen is nothing like that: he's merely a goalscorer.

However, Fergie clearly trusts him as he's desperate to praise him, to talk up his credentials, to convince us to accept him. There's no need, at least in my case: I don't think I'll ever really like Owen but I accept the fact that he's a United player now and I'm going to support him whenever he pulls on the shirt. But don't ask me to be happy about the fact that an ex-Liverpool player wears our legendary number seven shirt.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 27 2009

Time: 10:36PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Totally respect your opinion about owen.I am just pleased that the 1st part of his hopefully long utd career has gone according to the plan.Now the Audi Cup will be the 2nd part.Lets see how that pans out for him.There are still question marks about him from our own supporters and the haters but I can just say that each goal that he scores will silence the doubters even more.
Antriksh (abmtd)
Report Abuse
28/07/2009 07:30:00

In light of the reference to little Mikey Owen, surely the title of this article could have been shortened to "Fergie Desparate". Would have saved you typing all of those extra words.
fifthcolumnblue
Report Abuse
28/07/2009 09:45:00

As it was discussed in the past....there is no one in the current United squad that is a worthy heir of the number 7 shirt....it takes someone special to handle the pressure that comes with the shirt...not many people can do it....as an example kaka when he went to madrid they wanted to give him zidane's number but he didn't want that pressure, the comparisons...
ibrahiy
Report Abuse
28/07/2009 14:26:00

so probably to save a youngster from having to handle that kind of pressure, and/or to take a bit of pressure off of valencia so we stop considering him as ronaldo's replacement and compare his end result to ronaldo.....i believe that's why he gave the shirt to owen....he could handle the pressure, and he definitely is not expected to live up to the standard of that shirt...if he did great but i'm not holding my breath..
ibrahiy
Report Abuse
28/07/2009 14:28:00

Now that you are resigned to taking our cast offs, wonder if old Taggart fancies Voronin?
WestDerbyRed
Report Abuse
01/08/2009 15:26:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester United Articles

Di Maria Was Always a Risky Buy! (Tuesday July 28 2015)

Pedro - Coming or Staying (Tuesday July 28 2015)

Led Up the Garden Path (Tuesday July 28 2015)

Van Gaal`s Dilemma! (Tuesday July 28 2015)

Getting to Know - Sergio Romero (Monday July 27 2015)

Ibrahimovic Staying in Paris (Monday July 27 2015)

De Gea Out, Cillessen In? (Monday July 27 2015)

AUDIO: Van Gaal on Romero (Monday July 27 2015)

United Sign Argentine Romero (Monday July 27 2015)

Archived Manchester United Articles

List All Vital United Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. TheFamousNo7 23
2. MotorMad 19
3. adigxman 2
4. zicoco 1
5. Carew28 1
6. United Red 1
7. Spanish Red 1
8. kashere21 1

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Leicester City 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Liverpool 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Man City 0 0 0 0 0 0
10. Man Utd 0 0 0 0 0 0
11. Newcastle 0 0 0 0 0 0
12. Norwich 0 0 0 0 0 0
13. Southampton 0 0 0 0 0 0

Manchester United Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Hammers Sign Arsenal Youngster
West Ham : 28/07/2015 13:02:00
Jose Talks Unpredictability
Chelsea : 28/07/2015 12:57:01
Di Maria Was Always a Risky Buy!
Man Utd : 28/07/2015 12:54:01
Pedro - Coming or Staying
Man Utd : 28/07/2015 12:53:00
Led Up the Garden Path
Man Utd : 28/07/2015 12:52:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

US Tour - United v Barcelona?
Suggested By:  Red Boy
United to win! 85%
Barcelona to Win! 6%
A Draw! 9%