Owen signing no risk - Ferguson

29 July 2009 09:33
Sir Alex Ferguson has defended his "punt" on signing Michael Owen from Newcastle this summer after the striker made a promising start to his Manchester United career.[LNB] Owen has scored four goals in as many games since joining the Red Devils in a shock move from Tyneside and Ferguson expects more of the same this season in a gamble which may well pay dividends.[LNB] "He is a natural goalscorer and his record is fantastic," said the Scot.[LNB] "He is 29 now and he has just got to stay the way he has been for 10 years."[LNB] The England frontman's injury woes have grabbed most of the attention over the last four years, but Ferguson believes if he can stay fit and agile - as he has been in pre-season so far - he could well turn out to be one of the bargains of the summer.[LNB] The 29-year-old should make his next appearance in a United shirt in this evening's Audi Cup clash with Boca Juniors, a game which will be staged in Munich's Allianz Arena.[LNB] Should he figure in that fixture and play again against either Bayern Munich or AC Milan tomorrow, six games in 12 days would suggest his injury problems are a thing of the past.[LNB] "His injuries have always been the main subject and that is probably why everyone in Europe was not after him," continued the United manager.[LNB] "We don't think we have taken a risk, given his record as a goalscorer.[LNB] "It is a good punt, or a good bet on him to do well, and hopefully we are right."

Source: Eurosport