The announcement by veteran Manchester United striker Michael Owen that he’s seriously considering hanging up his boots at the end of this season adds another name to the likely exodus from Old Trafford. It will force manager Sir Alex Ferguson to give his squad an almighty shake up not seen for many years. Owen says if he does quit, he would love to do it by winning either the Champions or the Premier League “It would not only round off my career, but put it to bed.” he said.
One of the biggest expectations during the recently closed transfer window was for Manchester United to secure a top class goalkeeper in preparation for veteran Edwin van der Sar’s impending retirement. Those expectations were further increased when Sir Alex Ferguson was prepared to allow Ben Foster move to Birmingham City but to the surprise of many, a replacement failed to materialise with Sir Alex putting all his faith in his number two keeper Tomasz Kuszczak. It was interesting see a report in the Manchester Evening News therefore that the Poland international is now contemplating a move away from Old Trafford despite van der Sar getting closer with every game to hanging up his gloves.
This season still has two more months remaining yet the transfer gossip in the football media is already starting to be churned out and as always Manchester United is at the forefront of such stories. In possible movements around Old Trafford goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak is being linked with a possible switch to Premier League rivals Aston Villa.
The 27-year old Poland international has struggled for first-team action at Old Trafford with Edwin Van der Sar continuing to occupy the number one spot in Sir Alex Ferguson’s plans. With Ben Foster also waiting in the wings to become number one when the Dutch custodian calls it a day, it appears that Kuszczak could be ready to jump ship in search of regular first team action.