Football FanCast guest columnist Des Barnes thinks Owen's
last gasp winner signified why Fergie was prepared to take a gamble on bringing
him to Old Trafford.
When Michael Owen snatched his last gasp winner in the Manchester derby last
weekend, it was the type of moment that signified exactly why Sir Alex wanted
to bring the striker to Old Trafford in the first place; this was the purpose
he was intended and Fergie finally has unearthed United's new Ole Solskaer.
Owen is arguably the shrewdest bit of business in the summer and as Fergie
said to Alex McLeish, "Where else do I get 15 goals for nothing" and he isn't
wrong as there isn't many clubs in the country who won't cast an envious glance
at United knowing that we have a player of Owen's quality in reserve and can
come on with 15-20mins to go an the attempts to steal a point, or turn around a
game of football. I wonder how many managers are kicking themselves in not
making a move earlier and realised that they missed a trick.
In many ways that is what separates Fergie from the
rest and his boldness whether it be tactically, or in the transfer market, it
always seems to bear fruit. Owen certainly represented a gamble, given his
injury record, but his quality can never be questioned and with the right service
you know 9 out of 10 times that he is going to hit the target and at least test
the goalkeeper, if not hit the back of the net. The goal at the weekend was
vintage Michael Owen and the cleverness of the initial run and the coolness of
the finish showed exactly why he was once considered one of Europe's most
potent strikers – he could certainly teach Berbatov a thing or two, especially
about composure in front of goal.
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