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27/07/2009 08:58

Papers: Boss backs Owen

Owen fit to wear United's No7 shirt
Alex Ferguson insists Michael Owen deserves to wear Manchester United's coveted No 7 shirt. Eyebrows were raised by many fans when the England striker signed for United and was handed the famous jersey. But Owen, 29, is making an instant impact and scored a brace against Hangzhou Greentown yesterday to make it four in as many games as United's Far East tour ended with a thumping win. And boss Fergie said: "I gave him a shirt that has belonged to some high-profile players - and we have that in Michael. I am not concerned with what supporters think. The important thing is to give it to someone who is confident to carry it and he is the natural one to get it."
Neil Custis, The Sun

The Daily Mail claim that, despite Sir Alex's insistence that there will be no more new signings this summer, the Reds are set to make an offer for Valencia winger David Silva this week. Liverpool are also apparently eyeing the Spanish international.

United's chances of claiming a fourth straight Premier League title have been severely dented by the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez, according to Nicolas Anelka. "United have lost two big players so it gives everyone else - including ourselves - a big chance to win it," said the Chelsea striker.

According to The Sun, Edwin van der Sar has rubbished suggestions that he has already decided to retire at the end of the 2009/10 campaign. "As far as making a decision on my future, I'm going to see how the season goes," said the Dutchman.

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