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.
Owen ended up at Old Trafford at the start of the 2009-10 season after a frustrating year in Madrid and four injury riddled ones at Newcastle United. Meanwhile, both Gerrard and Carragher have a 2005 Champions League medal to show for their efforts at Anfield but even they have publicly stated that what they crave more than anything is a Premiership winning one which they are unlikely to ever get at this stage of their careers.
But Owen has not quite finished collecting medals just yet. He’s within 90 minutes of picking up a European Champions League winners medal when United meet Barcelona at Wembley on May 28. And all this in the twilight of a career in which he took a chance on Sir Alex Ferguson and has been handsomely rewarded.
Was Owen a good short term signing for Sir Alex?