Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed newspaper speculation that Michael Owen will head a summer clearout at Manchester United. The former-Liverpool striker, who scored against West Ham United at Old Trafford last Tuesday, has started just 10 times for United this season despite a strong fitness record, scoring eight goals for the club.
“He has done well here, he has been a success,” said Ferguson yesterday.
“He’s a great professional, he’s never missed a training session, his performances in training have been very good, and I think he has improved as a footballer in his time here.
“His general knowledge of the game is better, so is his linking play, and for the first time in his career he is getting used to coming on as a sub. I think he’s enjoying being a part of it here and he’ll definitely be here next season because I have absolutely no intention of letting him go.
“The only problem Owen has got at the moment is Wayne Rooney. We’re getting incredible performances from Rooney at the moment, and Michael has come here at a time when another striker, and sometimes the only one we use, is on the rise.”
Owen, who may start the Carling Cup final Sunday afternoon, has a two year contract at Old Trafford that rewards the England international goalscorer based on performances. Owen joined United on a free transfer last summer after an injury-hit four years with Newcastle United.