Owen: hopeful failure to the last

Michael Owen

When Michael Owen joined Manchester United, summer 2009, the theory, with Owen approaching 30 and available on a free transfer, was that was former Liverpool striker would add short-term goals at a reasonable price. Three years on and Owen has proven no more value to United, even with no fee, than he did for Newcastle […]

Happy Owen wasting his talent for the greater glory

Michael Owen, Manchester United

Michael Owen’s smart double against Leeds United on Tuesday night reignited the debate about the (former) England marksmen’s role, both at Manchester United and with the national team. The Telegraph’s Henry Winter led the charge, openly campaigning for the striker’s recall to Fabio Capello’s England squad. After all, Owen has not scored 40 international goals […]

Seven strikers into one doesn’t fit

The surprise decision to re-sign Michael Owen means that Manchester United will have up to eight senior strikers on the books next season. With Wayne Rooney largely untouchable, Javier Hernández and Dimitar Berbatov will be joined by returning youngsters Federico Macheda, Danny Welbeck and Mame Biram Diouf fighting for a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s […]

What’s the point of Michael Owen?

Michael Owen

It’s a question asked not in some evanescent sense but in search of something far more tangible, even though the player’s Liverpool past means Manchester United supporters will take the question either way. But for now it is enough to ponder striker’s worth to Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad, with Aston Villa potentially interested in taking […]

Hernández impact spells end for Owen

Michael Owen will see out the final year of his contract with Manchester United during the coming season but injury and the immediate impact of new Mexican striker Javier Hernández is likely to reduce the former Liverpool forward’s role in the team. Owen, 30, appeared in 31 games for United last season, scoring nine goals. […]

Valencia has op, may miss pre-season

Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia, fresh from an outstanding first season at Manchester United, has endured the surgeon’s knife in a bid to cure an ankle problem. The Ecuadorian, who missed the final two games of the season, returned to his homeland to start a two month long rehabilitation programme before returning to Old Trafford in June. With […]

Picasso, Rothko, Hurst and Rooney

Wayne Rooney. Credit: Premier League World / PA Wire

When football is oft described as art those commentators probably didn’t mean this. Premier League World, the magazine TV show, has organised a one-off book, to be auctioned for charity, of drawings by footballers themselves. Unbelievably these drawings aren’t from when the players were in nursery!

Fergie’s Owen gamble has now failed

When Sir Alex Ferguson signed Michael Owen on a free transfer in the summer many fans saw the signing as a low-cost gamble on an experienced goalscorer. Nine goals in 31 appearances later and Owen’s injury-prone record came home to roost. But with Wayne Rooney is such stunning form it mattered little. Until now. Owen’s […]

Owen faces op and misses season

Michael Owen will miss the rest of Manchester United’s season after learning that he requires an operation on his injured hamstring. The op, which will take place on Monday, means that Owen will play no further part in United’s Premier or Champions League campaigns. The striker has scored nine times in 31 games for United. […]

Owen going nowhere – Fergie

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 […]