Everyone remembers when Michael Owen broke onto the scene to devastating effect for England against Argentina in 1998. He was 18 then, now, the 30-year-old plies his trade for Manchester United.
Once a swashbuckling, energetic player—kinda like Rooney is (was?) now, maybe without the raw power that we associate with him—Michael Owen has, in his season and a bit with us, proved to be used instead in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mold, coming off the bench to provide a spark when there hasn't been one.
Now, I'm not a big fan of this deployment of such a proven finisher by Sir Alex, but I am a fan of Michael Owen.
And I really feel that this man deserves more time on the pitch for us—his goals against Scunthorpe and Bolton (with his FIRST TOUCH) seems to provide irresistable evidence in favour of this.
I also feel that, though the focus right now is on our defensive frailties and how we need to shut up shop, if we capitalise on our attacking chances and defend from the front, any defensive mishaps that occur would be reduced significantly.
Showing us how it's done.
Word on the street is, since Wayne Rooney's been ruled out of tomorrow night's game against Valencia, Owen may start alongside Dimitar Berbatov in Spain. Rooney's injury may be the biggest blessing in disguise we've seen thus far; gives Wayne time away from any media scrutiny of his performances, and last season Owen netted 4 times in Europe in 6 games (... although, 3 of them came against Wolfsburg in that terrific hat-trick in Germany).
Rooney's been out of sorts, and I'm sure everyone would implore Fergie to give him a chance to prove himself. Should the same not be said of Michael Owen?