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Michael Owen: I’m Fit & Ready for United & England Return

Michael Owen Michael Owen of Manchester United in action during the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON 3rd round match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on January 9, 2011 in Manchester, England.

Manchester United will have no shortage of strikers next season. Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov will be ready and raring to go as well as those young strikers returning from loan deals; Danny Welbeck, Kiko Macheda and Mame Biram Diouf. One striker whose future is still yet to be decided is a man who Sir Alex Ferguson has described him as “world class”, with “absolutely superb” positional play, first touch and finishing.

Surely then, with those qualities, Michael Owen would have no problem in getting into the United side. On the contrary, because of a mixture of both injuries and bad luck, his appearances for United have been limited. 11 appearances this season due to the hamstring injury he suffered during last years Carling Cup final and other unfortunate injuries has seen him score four goals.

Despite criticism of being “injury plagued”, last season saw a fantastic return from the then 30 year old – 31 appearances and 9 crucial goals. His last game for England was in 2008 which was incidentally his only appearance under the management of Fabio Capello. 89 appearances and 40 goals for his country however tell a different story.

The new man to Twitter spent yesterday clearing a few things up on the micro-blogging site:

“By the way, to answer a common question: I’m fit. I was on the side of the pitch about to come on last week [against Bolton] until Jonny Evans got sent off.”

He also congratulated Gareth Barry on the news that the Manchester City midfielder would captain England on Tuesday against Ghana. He also joked about his England situation:

“Congrats to Gareth Barry, great honour for him. Quite a few dropped out of squad, Mr Capello must be making room for me to return!!!!!!!!!!!”

In response to some obviously derogatory responses to that Tweet, Owen followed up with this:

“I knew that joke would get a few of you taking the p*** out of me! You certainly need thick skin to play this Tweeting game.”

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball




    March 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    You should retire Michael your playing days are OVER the sooner you accept it the better. Remaining in action and injuring yourself will only lead to the inevitable. Have some dignity and retire before causing yourself more harm than you can repair

  2. sri layang

    March 29, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    im really disagreed with u REGHAN. Any player cant avoid from injury. we should be give him more appearances in united and england. owen is one of the best striker in england ever have.

  3. Bawlung Chuih

    March 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I don’t see any reason why Owen should retire from Football. The best is still there in him to deliver. One thing that Owen should control to adjust himself from injuring is, he must know that his speed is faster than his body. He should play better with central forward role in the future although this position is not what brought him out to global fame.

    As matter of fact, Michael is better than Wayne Rooney in front of goal. He is the only England’s European glory in 30 years. A friend of mine jokingly told me that whichever club want to buy Michael must prepare a good stretcher before landing transfer request on his head. Michael Owen alway beat the last defender and that’s why two defenders are required to protect the defence when Owen is on the pitch.

    Ironically, I hope England should soon kick Capello out and replace him with highflying Harry Redknapp. The way his chose England captain and the tactics he had shown over the past clearly denotes that he is an abnormal coach rather than the ugliest manager England ever have.

  4. Denise Williams

    March 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Personally I think Michael Owen is far too good a player to give up playing. Players get injuries all the time it is part and parcel of participating in any sport. I don’t believe for a moment that any sportsmen get injured deliberately. Personally I am sympathetic as I have been struggling with a knee problem for the past fourteen months and I compete in Dog Agility and this injury has held me back. I also wish our FA would kick this Dennis the Menace lookalike out of the job as he is useless and does not possess any tactical or man management skills whatsoever. In short the man is a berk.

  5. peza

    March 30, 2011 at 6:52 am

    go on michael… you still got what it takes!

  6. siju.nk

    March 30, 2011 at 8:13 am

    oh my owen, iam waiting for u

  7. remas

    March 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    got to agree with you guys except reghan
    we are all waiting for michael owen in manu
    despite the fact that we have rooney , chicharito , berbatov and welbeck macheda and diouf to come back next season , we can never give away michael , hes incredibly good and for real better than rooney in front of the goal .. he plays with confidence the whole time and knows how to manage chances when they come , which i think berba and chicha -almost , as a beginner- have this with him but not rooney , at least so far
    so .. come on , hero , mu is waiting for you

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