Rio Ferdinand is backing Michael Owen to fire Manchester United to glory this season.
As a regular team-mate of Owen's with England, Ferdinand is acutely aware of the 29-year-old's predatory instincts.
Owen has scored in both games on United's pre-season tour of the Far East, the first step towards proving that Owen has not lost his natural talent amid the wreckage of four awful years at Newcastle, blighted by injury and poor form.
And Ferdinand said: "He is one of those players you might not see for 90 minutes but in time added on, he will score a goal. Those are the type of players you need to win things.