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Why Fergie MUST be able to field who he wants


When Sir Alex Ferguson made wholesale changes to the Manchester United side which faced Schalke in the second leg of the Champions League semi final last month there was not a single word of complaint from UEFA – and with good reason. On the other hand we are now seeing warnings from the Premier League that “The FA are watching to see what­ team Ferguson puts out against Blackpool on Sunday. If they make­ major changes from the team that played­ Blackburn last weekend, they will face penalties just like Blackpool­ and Wolves did in the last couple of seasons.” Why? Clubs should be able to field any team they want, in any Premier fixture they want – with one proviso. If a player is named in the squad required by the FA, there surely cannot be any valid argument for them to be used.

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United gives Michael Owen what Liverpool couldn't


Two seasons at Old Trafford has given Michael Owen what Liverpool couldn’t provide in thirteen years at Anfield – a precious Premiership winning medal which has so far been denied to former team mates Steve Gerrard and Jamie Carragher after an entire career on Merseyside. Owen signed on for Liverpool at the age of 16 and remained there until his controversial departure in 2004. He had been Liverpool’s top scorer every season until leaving for La Liga when Real Madrid agreed an £8m fee.

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United gives Michael Owen what Liverpool couldn’t


Two seasons at Old Trafford has given Michael Owen what Liverpool couldn’t provide in thirteen years at Anfield – a precious Premiership winning medal which has so far been denied to former team mates Steve Gerrard and Jamie Carragher after an entire career on Merseyside. Owen signed on for Liverpool at the age of 16 and remained there until his controversial departure in 2004. He had been Liverpool’s top scorer every season until leaving for La Liga when Real Madrid agreed an £8m fee.

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