Manchester United is not famous for winning; but for its style of winning. It is in the habit of throwing up new stars to do the needed duty. This time however, the new star was a veteran by the name of Michael Owen. He scored two to leave the viewers dumb and showing glimpses of his earlier excellence.
Soccer fanatics can never forget how a Boy Wonder arrived on the scene in World Cup 1998 with raw pace and pistol shots at the upper edges of the post. His sparkling goal in that edition against Argentina will be fresh in many memories. Also the manner in which he advanced to give England the lead against Brazil in 2002 Quarter Finals was a story of awe. That pace may have been buried in the sands of time, but the precision stays.
Owen, 31, was requested to stay with Man U for one more year and he has done remarkably well with 16 goals in 49 appearances, 33 out of them as substitutes. He showed his artistry with the two feet, first feeding off Ji-Sung Park pass to wrong-foot goalkeeper Lonergan and two defenders to take lead.
A few minutes later, he took a Diouf long pass on the volley with his right feet and instantly gave it the goal’s direction. It was done with such fluency and expertise that Lonergan was stunned and the spectators overawed. The match ceased to be a contest in the first half itself with the score line reading 3-0, the eventual score.
This year may be Owen’s last appearance for Man U, and he may not be considered for England World Cup side in 2014. However his poise and brilliance still enchants and nostalgia drives us towards his electric chemistry with David Beckham. He rarely misses any scoring chances, and almost always gets the better when one on one with the goalie.