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  • Clive Clive Sep 20, 2009 22:32 Flag

    Owen has to start ahead of Berbatov

    Fergie give Owen a real chance, Berbatov is not doing it, he needs too many chances, he was a bit unlucky, but Owen will better suit Rooney.

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    • Shrewd and calculated signing by Ferguson getting Owen in when many held back. His winner just typifies what he's all about, world class at the crucial times.
      But Ferguson's right for me in bringing him gradually, maybe further into the season when the injuries crop up, who better to bring in.

    • Berbatov and Rooney are our first choice pairing and rightly so as they perform well together and Berbatov was unfortunate not to have scored a couple of goals although his all round play was outstanding.Owen is more suited to coming on for a late burst where he can make an instant impact.With Owen and Rooney up front we do not have an option to use high balls whereas Berbatov is good in the air and an excellent at holding the ball up.

    • I think there should be a rotation between them,as both strikers are playing great.Berbatov is creating and having lots of chances,he's just a little unlucky,while Owen scored a very important goal today.However,Well played lads!

    • I dont think Owen should start ahead of him on a regular basis, I think he's going to come in very handy as a sub to be honest, his runs are just incredible....the FAT WAITER strikes again!!!

      What a BLUNDER letting him get away - wonderful run and finish!

      Berbatov reminds me of Arshavin, undoubted class, but its one superb game, and then one anonymous. He did absolutely nothing for about an hour, missed 5 good chances late on and his all round play was sh*t today, even his usually classy touch, he lost the ball so often.

      He'll be the best player on the pitch next week though!

      I prefer consistent performers myself.

    • Owen is like ghost on the field. He's absent until he pops up to put that final touch. Berbatov draws opponents which creates space, and he holds up the ball and links with other players. We haven't seen the best of him by a long shot. I like Owen. but I feel he can do a job coming off the bench - though I don't want him to be restricted to that role. With rotation he'll get a good number of matches and there's no reason we shouldn't have the three of them starting in some games.

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      • Owen will start some games.

        Berbatov is a far better player to have on the field for most games. As pointed out, when he gets the ball he draws defenders and distrubutes the ball well. Owen in his pomp obviously given his pace then but, that isn't there so now he comes on as a sub when opponents are tired and can use that part of his game where he gets into such good positions.

        Today Berba I think was not brought into the game by the team. You could see his frustration a few times, which shows he cares. Like the ball Rooney layed off to Giggs and Given saved with his feet, you could see Berba unhappy on the right.

        Even that run to the far post after his 2 saved headers was excellent. Berbs gives us something in the air that I don't think Owen or Rooney provides.

    • Give Berbatov some more time. He's a player who needs arrogant self-belief to give his best. He will come good.

    • I actually thought Berbatov had a great game, one of his best for us. Ok, so maybe he should of scored one of those headers, but lets not take anything away from Shay Given there. A superb keeper. His link up play with Rooney was excellent. He looked a lot more keen to shoot himself too today, which has been one of my biggest criticisms of him. Don't give up on him yet

    • Disagree entirely, the one touch and partnership is blossoming between him and Rooney and it will only get better, Shay Given was having an excellent spell in goal and on another day Berba would have put several in, its all down to luck.

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      • Wake up Olizandri, The one touch and partnership is blossoming, yeh, and it would between Owen and Rooney, Saha and Rooney had good one touch together, but Saha, like Berbatov needed too many chances to score.
        Given did not have an excellent spell in goal, Bertbatov's headers were ones that most keepers would have no problems saving, the shot from Giggs was right at Given, this is not to say that Given had a bad game but Berbatov made him look very good today.

    • Only two excellent saves by Given kept his name off the score sheet. Some of his link up play with Rooney was sublime. The great thing is utd have options - they can always do what they did today and bring on Owen if they need a goal.

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      • Sorry mu-devon I don't agree, the two saves were easy as Berbatov headed the ball straight at Given.
        I also believe Owen and Rooney would have a great partnership and Owen would be more likely to score goals, Owen would play futher up than Rooney allowing Rooney to play just behind the front man and thats where he plays best, Berbatov plays as deep as Rooney which then leaves us having no one up front.