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Fergie pleased for Owen

18 Jul 2009 15:08:31

Fergie pleased for Owen

Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his delight that Michael Owen opened his Manchester United account on his debut. The former Newcastle United man scored the winner in United's 3-2 victory over a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. The game was Owen's first in a United shirt and he spared their blushes by scoring five minutes from time after the Red Devils squandered a 2-0 lead. Ferguson knows Owen brings something different to the team and believes it will do him the world of good to find the back of the net after suffering relegation with Newcastle. First to react"When you consider the type of player Michael is, he was always going to be looking to score that type of goal," explained Ferguson. "There was nothing unusual in it and he will be delighted to have got off the mark. "It was a typical Michael Owen goal. He was the first man to react, which is just what you would expect. "He's different from our other players, he's always searching for space, he's always in and around the box. He reacted well for his goal." Meanwhile, Ferguson is not reading too much into Ben Foster's blunder in the game. The goalkeeper made a hash of Darron Gibson's harmless backpass allowing the Malaysia XI to equalise. First gameAs it was Foster's first match for a while, Ferguson is just pleased to see the keeper back out on the pitch rather than criticising his performance. "Ben has had ligament damage in his finger and that was his first game for a few months," he continued. "It was a big day for him coming back after such a long time and I am not too concerned. "I have said I think he will be England's number one keeper and I still believe that." More is expected of Wayne Rooney this season following Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez's departure and Ferguson believes the striker is playing with more maturity. "You are seeing maturity from him now, which is what you expect from all young players. "I don't believe he needs to look at anything but himself because we know there is a lot of improvement to come from him yet. "Wayne is not the finished article by any means."


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