Alex Ferguson told Michael Owen he would have preferred Karim Benzema
Fit & Healthy striker knew he was second best from the outset
Until now, The Spoiler had assumed that Michael Owen fell off his horse/ out of his helicopter in paralysed shock when he first learned that Manchester Utd were interested in his signature.
The tiny striker, however, has now revealed details of the phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson, in which the red-faced Scot made it perfectly clear that in an ideal world he would be phoning a young Frenchman instead:
“The manager’s voice is pretty distinctive, so I knew it wasn’t a wind-up. He said, ‘We are looking for a striker. I’m going to be up front, we went for Benzema and once that was a no-go we looked around for players who are going to score goals. Obviously the big question is if you are fit, but if you are and we can get plenty of games, then words to the effect that it’s a no-brainer. Anyway, there’s no point in talking on the phone, we’ll chat about it tomorrow if you are free and fancy coming round.’
“I had a few butterflies before I went there. I listened more than I talked, which I thought was pretty wise. He said, ‘I know what has happened over the past few years, I know you haven’t lost anything, you are only 29, for crying out loud.’ I wasn’t sure if we were just going to chat, but then I realised, ‘Oh my God, he definitely wants to sign me!’”
It took Manchester Utd fans some time to come to terms with the fact that they had signed someone who played for the ‘bin dippers’, but they seem to be warming to his honest and unassuming quotes in the press, and his unpretentious attitude towards warming the bench.
Has he become The Anti-Tevez?
[Quote: Republik of Mancunia]