Ferguson hails new strike force

22 August 2009 06:58
Sir Alex Ferguson paid tribute to his new-look Manchester United strike force, with Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen scoring in the 5-0 win at Wigan.Rooney scored his 100th and 101st goals for United while Owen joined Dimitar Berbatov and Nani on the scoresheet with his first goal for the club. "It's a great achievement as he is only a young lad. It will do him the world of good," said boss Ferguson on Rooney. "He (Owen) is one the best finishers this country has ever had." The defending Premier League champions eased to a comfortable victory with all the goals coming in the second half at the DW Stadium. And the tally prompted Ferguson to be effusive in his praise of the prolific Rooney. "Some players have been at the club for many years and not reached that total yet," he said. "Strikers have to score - that is their mantra. If they are not scoring they think the world is at an end. "When they are scoring they think they will never finish scoring. But that is what they are." Shock summer signing Owen replaced England forward Rooney with 18 minutes remaining, before getting off the mark for United. "That is what he needed, he needed a goal," the Old Trafford manager added. "It is what he is made of. "I was so pleased for him and Dimitar Berbatov. If the strikers keep doing that it gives us a big chance." Ferguson was pleased with United's impressive response following the surprising 1-0 midweek defeat at Burnley. He said: "You have got to react to defeat and it is always a challenge. But we got a really good response today. "When you are making chances and don't take them it is a worry. We made six chances in the first half and did not take any. "But the important thing is to have the patience to keep playing and keep believing and we did that." Rooney made a 56th minute breakthrough with a header from Antonio Valencia's cross which was swiftly followed by a clinical finish by Berbatov. Rooney then clipped the ball home before Owen's cool finish late on, with Nani adding the fifth in stoppage time to cap an excellent day for the Red Devils. United have now won two out of their first three Premier League games, with Rooney also scoring the winner against Birmingham City.

Source: BBC_Sport