Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fergie reveals why United didn't make a move for big name striker...

So then Michael Owen scored again in the latest pre-season friendly as United beat a Malaysian XI for the second time this week. Federico Macheda took part in his first outing of the tour and scored the champions opening goal on 11 minutes as the Red Devils went on to secure a comfortable two-nil win in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

ON Saturday United were made to work harder for a 3-2 victory against the same opposition, with Rooney, Nani and Owen on target. Fergie will have been less than impressed with Ben Foster and the manner of Malaysian XIs second goal as the keeper failed to deal with a regulation back-pass and ended up picking the ball out of the net.

Following Monday's win Fergie was full of praise for the new strike partnership of Owen and Macheda and the manager went to say he has high hopes for the young Italian this season.

"We started the game well as we did on Saturday and I was pleased by the partnership of Owen and Macheda," he told MUTV.

"We've got big hopes for Macheda - that's one of the main reasons why we didn't move [for someone else] in the market. He's still only 17, but we've got great faith in the boy. He's strong, aggressive and a terrific finisher, he's got a lot of tremendous assets and is very much part of my pool of strikers though, along with Michael, Dimitar and Wayne. Interestingly, Fergie did not mention Danny Welbeck, but he's sure to be in the manager's plans for the new season.

Fergie has also been speaking to the media trying to explain the club's decision to sell Ronaldo, which was a no-brainer - they had no choice but to grant the player his Read Madrid wish.

As for Carlos Tevez, the United manager says the Argentine isn't worth £25m - you do wonder then why David Gill was apparently happy to pay that transfer fee if all along Fergie didn't agree? Were United genuinely interested in signing Tevez or were the club simply playing games with the player, supporters and media alike? We will never know - not until Fergie publishes another book...

Fergie has every right to be pleased with Owen's contribution so far, added to which Tosic has been linking up well and supplying some decent crosses from the left. So far so good, however, United can expect tougher examinations in Germany when they take on Boca Juniors, and either Bayern Munich or AC Milan in the Audi Cup.

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