17/05/2010 08:57, Report by Johnny Sharp
Player review: Owen
Important goals were the hallmark of Michael Owen's abbreviated first season at OT...
Story of the season
As a player whose name was synonymous for years with United's biggest rivals, Michael Owen knew his move to OT was not going to be greeted with universal approval in either Manchester or Merseyside. But one thing no fan could deny was that in snapping up the former England number 9 on a free transfer, Sir Alex was in a win-win situation. The gaffer was probably aware that Owen would not start many games, but as a world-class finisher he could still offer something priceless: goals. His nine strikes in all competitions, despite two thirds of his appearances coming as sub, more than justified his acquisition. That’s especially true given the importance of some of those goals – a hat-trick in the Champions League, a dramatic derby winner and Carling Cup final strike among them. It was unfortunate that his injury curse came back to haunt him shortly after that latter strike, but he had already proved his enduring worth.
Finest moment That goal against Aston Villa at Wembley was special enough, but there is no doubt which goal will stick in our memories. Nearly 96 minutes gone against City, the blue quarter of Manchester already celebrating a draw as if