Friday, 3 July 2009

Michael Owen joins Manchester United

You'd think that as a Liverpool fan I'd be pretty upset that our former Anfield hero Michael Owen joined our bitter rivals Manchester United today. But well I'm pretty much just shrugging my shoulders. It's not so much that I don't think he'll do well, it's that we've moved on from Owen.

I think if we're really honest, as fans we never warmed to him. Yes he was a great finisher and his pace could devastate a defence but there was something cold about Owen. He had the air of someone who played for himself rather than the team. When Fowler left there were more than a few fans, me included, who lamented the clubs decision to get rid of a loyal servant rather than Owen. He did ok for Madrid but only lasted a season before returning to England at Newcastle United. To say things have not gone well at Newcastle is an understatement. Injury after injury, the loss of his England place and eventually relegation.

It's shrewd business by Alex Ferguson at Man Utd. He really can'y lose. He hasn't had to pay for Owen so if it doesn't work out for the striker over the next two years it's an inexpensive gamble that hasn't paid off. If Owen scores twenty five goals next season it's a genius decision to bring him to Old Trafford.

There's actually a small part of me that hopes he does ok. It could be hugely beneficial to England to have a fit, confident Owen playing well alongside his potential strike partner (Rooney) in a World Cup year.

Do I wish him well? No, I hope he burns in hell, the traitor. (Joke... sort of.)