Member Since: 21st May 2009
Head of editorial Sift Media
10th Aug 2009
...but I wouldn't feel too disappointed. Owen would have been an impact player if he was back at Anfield, as he wouldn't have ousted Torres from the focal point of Rafa's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation. If he'd have been reduced to cameo appearances, coming on for a frantic last 10 minutes, it probably wouldn't have helped his already tattered fitness.
I suspect he'll still largely be a benchwarmer at Utd, but might get a few more opportunities as they look as if they'll be playing two up top this season. Either way, I'll stick my neck on the line and say he'll only just scrape double figures for the season.
He was great at Liverpool, and we have lots of great memories of him, but as you point out in your key team attributes, you need your squad to have commitment, and I think he's more committed to his horses than football these days.