Malaysia XI 2 Man Utd 3: Owen adds another chapter to fairytale
Wayne Rooney or Paul Scholes receive the ball and I know straight away what kind of run they want me to make.' Owen acknowledges his career at Newcastle did not pan out as he had hoped but believes he can get back on track at Old Trafford. He said: 'I probably could have done better in that last season, maybe scored more goals. 'But I'm looking forward to the new season. You don't really feel it until you start playing a few games and feel what it's like to win together. Then you will feel you really belong to the team. I'm coming into a team who are full of confidence and winning lots of things.' Before Owen's dramatic intervention yesterday, which got United off to a winning start in a four-match Asian tour splintered by the bombing tragedy in Jakarta, 85,000 fanatical fans - all but a few decked out in United red in the Bukit Jalil Stadium here in the Malaysian capital - had discovered a new local hero in Malaysian blue. Wayne Rooney struck in the eighth minute and set up Nani for a second in the 23rd to underline the apparent gulf in class between the sides. But Yahyah pulled one back on the stroke of halftime with a superb 30-yard volley that caught Edwin Van der Sar off his line. Mohd Amri Yahyah, a 28-year-old striker recalled after a three-year international exile, scored twice to turn what had started as a routine canter for England's champions into an unseemly struggle in oppressively humid conditions with temperatures that reached the nineties. Ben Foster, the Holland keeper's second-half replacement, was a much more culpable figure when Malaysia drew level in the 52nd minute. He fiddled at a straight back-pass from Darron Gibson and was hustled out of the ball by Yahyah, who had a simple task to tuck it into an empty net. United's efforts grew more desperate as the minutes ticked by until Owen, a 60th-minute substitute for Rooney, pounced on a loose ball after home keeper Mohd Farizal Marlias had half-saved from Federico Macheda.