Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Alan Green: Berbatov and Owen can deliver goods for Manchester United

I wasn’t particularly impressed with Manchester United as I commentated on their first two games of the new league season but their second half display at Wigan on Saturday did much to dispel any concerns.

I thought two myths were exploded: Firstly that Berbatov and Rooney can’t play together and secondly that Owen is a ‘risk’.

People that still doubt the Bulgarian striker will just have to get used to his languid style because it doesn’t display a lack of interest or commitment. I think he’s a marvellous player and, as long as his partner doesn’t drop too deep or wide in his constant search for the ball, Rooney will soon relish running onto Berbatov’s sly passes.

Owen isn’t a ‘risk’. How can he be when he cost nothing and took a 50% cut in salary? His movement, albeit slower, is as perceptive as ever and the clean execution of his strike at Wigan will eradicate the memory of the misses at Turf Moor.

Whether he’s the ‘answer’ remains to be seen. I still expect Fergie to buy another attacking player.

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