Date: 2nd July 2009 at 5:42pm
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I know some people are desperate that it’s already, erm, July 2 and we haven’t signed anyone yet, apart from Antonio Valencia. But really, folks, get a grip: Michael Owen to Old Trafford?

Bookmakers apparently slashed the odds as a number of punters backed him to make the switch from Newcastle but surely this is the worst joke of the summer. Those who actually believe it’s possible should have their heads examined: they imply that Fergie will sign a player who’s lost his pace and his link-up play, passing, workrate are all average, his only outstanding quality being his finishing.

Add to this his astronomical wages and that he’s spending more time in treatment rooms than on the pitch and you have a clear picture of a player who must be kept away from Old Trafford. This rumour is a worse joke than Tevez’s insistence that Fergie made a mistake by not starting him in Rome…