Another Fergie Masterstroke?
The free signing of Michael Owen could potentially be one of the best Sir Alex Ferguson has made in his managerial career.
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Michael Owen joining Manchester United could well be another momentous masterstroke we are to remember Sir Alex Ferguson by. The signature of England’s once proclaimed ‘boy wonder’ could prove to be a historic one for all concerned and again reimburse Ferguson’s legendary managerial status.
Owens arrival has been a pretty low key affair as he entered the Old Trafford gates in the mist of big departures with Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Real Madrid in a World record deal and Carlos Tevez switching mancunian loyalties. However the capture of Michael Owen could prove to be far more beneficial to Manchester United than the contributions both Ronaldo & Tevez will bring to their respective clubs in the coming season. Owens a proven goal scorer and with intelligent players around him providing the ammunition in Berbatov, Rooney, Carrick, Scholes and Giggs the pint sized striker really can start rolling back the years and let us all forget his injury sustained periods and failed England call ups.
‘new projects, both highly paid for upfront with no promise of success’
His predecessors are moving into new projects, both highly paid for upfront with no promise of success. Real Madrid are hoping to catch the irresistible Barcelona after being destroyed on all fronts by their Catalan neighbours last season. By signing Kaka, Benzema and Ronaldo they hope to close the gap but with the Spanish Champions being run by Xavi and Iniesta in the middle of an overall balanced footballing side I just can’t see that gap being bridged by the appointment of two or three flamboyant attacking players so soon.
‘could be gone by Christmas’
Tevez has opted for Manchester City, a route that is turning heads in the Football world due to the catastrophic fees and wages they can boast. Mark Hughes will have a lot of pressure on him as soon as the season begins and if the likes of Tevez, Adabayor and Santa Cruz can’t fire more goals than the ones being given away then Hughes could be gone by Christmas and with it the hope of a top half finish, let alone one in the top four.
‘the hottest property in World Football’
So will Manchester United yet again come out smelling of roses come May? They have lost there most influential player in Ronaldo, a very talented hard working Argentinean in Tevez but have acquired what was once the hottest property in World Football for absolutely nothing.
‘former cult hero’
If this transfer is as successful as it potentially can be then Ferguson could well prove many doubters wrong and lead United to yet another League title, a 19th for the club and set a new English record surpassing Liverpool’s impressive 18 that has stood for so many years before Ferguson’s era really took off. If United were to pull off this coup in the campaign to follow then former Liverpool cult hero Owen could well provide the goals that take them there, something nobody thought they would ever see before the summer of 2009, particularly the habitants of Merseyside.