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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.”

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Submitted by DBSFootball

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