Why a picture of an English breakfast you ask? Well this is what we paid to receive the services of Michael Owen. This is what we paid to get 9 goals in 27 appearances (3 coming in one Champions League match against Wolfsburg). And now he’s done for the season.
A hamstring injury sustained in the Carling Cup victory of Aston Villa (oooo yeah!) has put Owen back on the operating table, out for the season, and leaving him no chance of playing in South Africa in June. Cause for concern? Maybe a little, but not necessarily where you think.
Owen has already endeared himself to the Old Trafford faithful. His last second gasp against Manchester City (still saved on my DVR) will be a highlight for years to come. But that moment was mixed in with many non-consequential appearances. He will be missed, sort of, in a way. At least we will welcome him back for sure.
What is leaving me strung out is the lack of remaining striking options. ESPN says it best, “United are left with young duo Mame Biram Diouf and Federico Macheda as back-up strikers, but if either Wayne Rooney or Dimitar Berbatov were to get injured, it would leave Ferguson with a lack of experience in reserve. ”
While Owen didn’t necessarily strike fear into the heart of the opposition the moment he took to the pitch, he had a proven pedigree. That at least offered us hope and a sense that he could break out any moment. His history at least gave us some additional threat on the bench, even if it was only a mental advantage.
Believe it or not, according to Sir Alex, Owen never missed a training session. Now we know why this signing was a gamble. Here’s to next year Michael, breakfast is on me.