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Fergie hands Owen goal target

25 Jul 2009 - 16:38:41

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has predicted that Michael Owen will score 15 goals for the club this season.

The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United forward was a surprise acquisition by Ferguson earier this month, but Owen has responded by hitting the goal trail during pre-season.

He scored the second goal in a 2-0 win against a Malaysia XI after opening his account for United two days earlier in a 3-2 victory against the same opposition.

When asked how many goals he thought Owen would grab this term, Ferguson said: "I hope it's plenty!

"If you look at his goalscoring record over the years, even the last two years at Newcastle in difficult times, he's scored at one in two.

"He's easily capable of that level, one in two games, so, if he plays 25 games for me next season, I think he'll get 15 goals.

"We've actually been rotating all the four strikers because we're bringing new players like Owen into the team and also there's young players like Macheda coming through.

"We have to find out and understand the best possible combination."


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