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Vote: Is Michael Owen a gamble worth taking for Manchester Utd?

Will the Red Devils regret taking on the First Class striker?

Michael Owen’s brochure

After beating off the advances of Stoke and Hull using a stick with a piece of dog poo on the end, Michael Owen yesterday found himself on the brink of a move to Manchester Utd.

Sir Alex Ferguson is said to have studied the Wasserman glossy brochure in great detail, and depending on which paper you read, will offer the Championship striker between £20,000 and £50,000-a-week, with added bonuses for not being injured.

According to Sky Sports, Owen has just passed a medical at the club. So it looks like this thing is really going to happen.

But is the man who is not deemed worthy of a place in the England squad worthy of the Premier League champions? On the one hand, he is a relatively low financial risk and is a proven finisher, particularly when paired with Wayne Rooney. However, his constant injuries and wonky form could easily put him on the Forlan/Saha/Smith flop list. Also, few Utd fans will roll out the welcome mat for a player who once said this:

“In an ideal world, and in the long term, I want to help Liverpool become the most successful club in the world again.”

Let us know whether you think Owen will prove to be a Cantona-style bargain or another of Fergie’s regrettable acquisitions below…

4 responses so far
  • anthony // July 3, 2009 at 10:12 am

    sorry, don’t have time for poll’s ryan. just putting together my brochure for man utd.

    “anthony. clean. cut & fragrant”

    how’s that sound?

  • Henry John // July 3, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Cantona parallels are a bit wide but as long as he can remember where the goal is and his goal-hanging is noted by his midfield, he could bang them in for fun. I still think he can cover a couple of yards as quick as any central defender in the league and with this new Valencia lad running very fast to get in behind and get a couple of crosses in where it hurts, it could be a good shout. He’ll also have to try harder than before as, well, the other strikers at the club are better than him.

  • mutu // July 3, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    he should get an added bonus for staying clean and fresh?

  • Henry John // July 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Nah, he should reinvent himself as a dark, malicious cynic. Much better PR.

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