Football FanCast columnist Lewis Doe thinks that Michael Owen has won a few Old Trafford fans over.
Michael Owen’s winner yesterday in the Manchester derby was met with chaotic scenes that would have instantly transformed the view of Owen in many eyes of United fans. Furthermore his goal probably would have been met with ironic cheers from City haters all over the country.
For the hard line supporters of many clubs it is difficult to see things outside of the box. These are the sort of fans that will always harbour a suspicion about certain players based on nothing more than an association with a previous club.
A lot of people criticised Owen when he joined United and said he was no longer up to making the grade. Well his goal and participation in the victory yesterday when a long way to proving his doubters wrong.
Apart from a top class finish under immense pressure, what Owen did when he came on was he lifted the spirit and energy of the side and gave them the focus and lethal precision that would be needed in the closing stages.
Owen said on the Sky Sports website: “It is probably one of the moments I will reflect on as a highlight of my career. To score a goal as dramatic as that in a derby was amazing. You had to see it to believe it. It must have been one of the best televised games of all time.”
“We don't want our heads in the clouds. We are expected to win games. We have another game on Wednesday [against Wolves], so we need our feet to be firmly back on the ground.”
If Owen’s goal yesterday proved anything it’s that strikers never really lose their ability to sniff out a goal when given the chance. The first touch Owen displayed before slipping the ball beyond Shay Given was superb and very few would have thought that he could still show such precision.
United fans will now be hoping that Owen can replicate his form in future games and possibly end his career at the club scoring many similar goals. Owen looked fit and sharp yesterday that will make many of the people suspicious about him, because of his Liverpool past, into the players new best friend. United have now been given a lift and if Owen doesn’t score another goal all season, United fans will still love him forever.