Owen Wants To be The New Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Michael Owen joined Manchester United in the knowledge that a starting place would be very rare. At 31, he has come to accept this, and the cameo role he plays in certain matches often prove absolutely vital in games, especially when you consider he wa…
Michael Owen joined Manchester United in the knowledge that a starting place would be very rare. At 31, he has come to accept this, and the cameo role he plays in certain matches often prove absolutely vital in games, especially when you consider he was a free signing for United. But the main reason the former Liverpool fan favourite joined United was to do something that his previous teams rarely did in his time there – win trophies.
He came to no better place, and this season, he has the chance to help United to win both the Premier League trophy, and the Champions League trophy, both of which would be the first of his long, goal filled career. In a recent interview, Owen put his lack of pitch time down to the quality and depth of the squad at United. He said:
“Even if it is just one goal or one good performance, everyone is going to play their part.”
“I was in the stand on Tuesday against Schalke. You are feeling sorry for yourself thinking I would like to be on the pitch or on the bench.
“Next to you is Wes Brown, who has dozens of England caps and John O’Shea, who has got even more for the Republic of Ireland. Darron Gibson is also an international.
“They are not even getting stripped. That tells you everything about the squad of player we have got.
The majority of Manchester Untied fans see Owen’s best position as on the bench, and coming on late in the game when a goal is needed – a “super-sub” if you like, and it the interview, he said something quite interesting considering United’s history:
“I suppose I am dreaming of coming off the bench and scoring the stoppage-time winner in the Champions League final.
“That is the motivation that drives me on. Every day I have to be ready and prepared to come in and do something.”
Sound familiar? Cast your minds back to the 1999 Champions League final, and who came on in a Champions League final to score the winner? Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of course, and what was he genreally known as? A “super-sub”. Scoring a late winner in the Champions League final must be a dream come true for any player, and every time I watch Solskjaer’s winner in that final, goosebumps run fiercely all over my skin, so what it must be like for a player only they will know.
Michael Owen has done it before in his time at United – not in a Champions League final – but in the Manchester derby last season, when a draw seemed certain late on. His 96th minute goal is typical of United’s never say die attitude, and there is no doubt, that if United make this years European Cup final, and they need a goal, Michael Owen will surely be sent on to find one. Like Solskjaer, his finishing and eye for goal are deadly. Who knows, perhaps late in May, Owen’s dream may become a reality. Lets hope so.
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