Owen Hoping To Make Old Trafford Game


Michael Owen has not had a good start to this season, and hasn’t even played in pre-season.

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Michael Owen – should make Man United game

But that doesn’t stop Michael, Newcastle’s captain, from being confident he can both make that game, and also help Newcastle get some kind of result next Sunday.

Michael told the Sunday Sun today:

“Physically I’m fine,”

“In fact I’ve almost had to be reined in, but always in the back of all our minds has been that you don’t want to be pushing further than your body tells you to.”

“I’ve had to go steadily but this last week I’ve been running more and more quickly and continuing to progress; Manchester United is what we’re aiming for.”

“They are the champions of England and Europe and in my view the best team in Europe.”

“But the first game of a new season could be just the time to play them, when they might not be firing on all cylinders.”

Good words from the captain, and while Newcastle played much better than we ever expected yesterday, we could have had a few goals in the first half, with a striker of Michael’s ability in the side.

Oba Martins looked good yesterday, but even Oba is still short of games, and we need our strikers ready to go for next Sunday, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.



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189 comments so far

  • the son of shearer

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    we all know that owen is probably the best striker at the club but why risk him if hes not match fit (risking a long term injury which hes prone to) on a match we will probably get stuffed

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  • BennAllen

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    the son of shearer.. because with him we might actually win!!

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  • Dan4toon

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #3

    I WUDNT RISK HIM, EVEN IF HES 99.9% COZ WITH OR WITHOUT HIM WE WIL STIL GET BEAT N MARTINS WITH DUFF UPFRONT LOOK GOOD N THEN GET OWEN BACK FOR THE BOLTON GAME N THEN WITH MAYB DERDYIOK WE WIL B SORTED UPFRONT =)

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  • the son of shearer

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #4

    benn he was in the team when we got beat 6-0 so i cant see him making too much difference

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  • Marty

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #5

    If he plays then it will just be 20 mins of a run out.
    He def will not be starting.
    Hope he stays injury free this season as we need his Goal scoring prowess

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    the son of shearer- he played up front on his own that day and he was up agaianst Ferdinand and Vidic. he also scored a goal which was good but ruled out for offside. he is needed for the game on sunday as he is our best striker.

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  • Chris F

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #7

    nice to see that optimistic geordie spirit is alive and well.

    if we can play like we have in the last couple of games, we’ll give man u a good game.

    it certainly wont be on a par with the insipid drubbings we got off them last season, that’s for sure.

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  • roy morten79(norway)

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #8

    wonder which striker we will get in? if here will be anyone then.. need a big cf payer

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  • the son of shearer

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #9

    there is no point in loosing him for 6months but i dont think it will be a 6-0 drubbing again, the only chance we really have if we get guitterez taking on neville. so far he has looked a class act but this will be the true test. guthrie looks an excellent buy also

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  • Spyro

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10

    If our defence is

    Enrique——Faye——Coloccini——Beye

    i will be confident of not conceding too many

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  • Chris F

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #11

    neville is still injured.

    tbh, when you look at who theyve got missing, we’ll never get a better chance of getting something out of the game.

    no ronaldo, anderson or nani. carrick and rooney doubtful. neville still injured…

    that’s got to give our lot some hope.

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  • reillers

    Aug 10, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t play him if he’s not 100%. We’ve got the likes of Martins up front and Duff’s coming into it well also. There’s no mad rush to get him back. He’s not the player he was, he’s lost it a wee bit. We’ll do fine without him for a while if need be it.

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  • the son of shearer

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #13

    “We have a big job to get him ready for Newcastle,” said Fergie, “but with seven or eight days training, we may just make it now. He’s much better and the medical reports are good.

    “Gary Neville and Nani are fit and they will travel,” he continued. “Nani will probably start on Sunday because he is suspended for the first two league games of the season.

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  • reillers

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Spyro..keep telling yourself that. Maybe if we say it enough it’ll come true.

    We wont concede too many goals against United.
    We wont concede too many goals against United.
    We wont concede too many goals against United.
    We wont concede too many goals against United.

    Did it work?? Time will tell.

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  • the son of shearer

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #15

    and surely taylor would be in the team before faye

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  • simon376

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Faye is in a lot of peoples line ups but will he play? I could be wrong here, but I’m sure he’s only started one preseason game and that was in midfield wasn’t it? If I’m right in what I’m thinking, it will be Taylor & Coloccini at centre half. Well thats what I think anyway, what about anybody else?

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  • simon376

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Beat me to it Son of Shearer!!

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  • the son of shearer

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #18

    i agree and the game at birmingham last year showed how poor faye is positionally mcfadden ran him all over

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  • Spyro

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #19

    thats right, name the ONE game when Faye was poor, apart from that he was miles ahead of any of the rest of our defenders, especially taylor who was poor last season and made dumb mistakes almost every game. I cant even be bothered to go through all the times Taylor was shown up last season. you talk about positioning, and at the same time state Taylor should start ahead of Faye!?! Taylor is awful positionally, you only have to look at our last friendly to see that, where was he when we conceded against valencia? exactly.

    How some on here can rate Taylor ahead of Faye really baffles me

    Anyway i think Faye is injured so Taylor may start

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  • simon376

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #20

    If it was down to me, I would have Taylor in the team and Butt in Sentral Midfield, Faye would be the cover for Butt as he looks alright just in front of the back 4. But lets hope with the new defence, we wont need to worry too much about them needing cover. Hope thats not too much wishful thinking.

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  • micknufc

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #21

    me too,faye is way better clappy happy taylor.
    taylor makes way to many misjudgements for my liking,and can also make very rash challenges

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  • the son of shearer

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #22

    the only thing letting taylor down is his lack of pace, he is still young and will make a few mistakes untill we get a strong cb to help him through which hopefully collocini will be.

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  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Just watched the highlights of the Derby v Doncaster game and Donny looked very good for their win (helps put our loss in perspective). Lewis Guy looked very good and sharp, might be one we might regret letting away.

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Owen could have had a run out yesterday, even if it was only 10-15 minutes.

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  • Hertz

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #25

    I thought Martins was overweight yesterday.
    He needs to work more to be slimed down.
    I reckon Taylor’s strength is how he manages to block shots. Apart of that, nothing special about him and needs to be improved to keep his place.

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 10, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Martins was quick so if he’s over weight then god help defences when he slims down.

    He easily outpaced Valencias defenders.

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  • raamsoon

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #27

    hey guy, what about young Arron Spear.
    what’s going on? Do we get him or not?

    please confirm

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  • Gateshead Mag.

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #28

    martins
    duff guthrie butt milner gutierrez
    jose collocini taylor beye
    given

    that’s what we should play on sunday.

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  • Chris F

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #29

    and that probably is what we’ll play, Gateshead Mag.

    i think Owen would make the bench, but i doubt he’d start.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #30

    was just watching nottingham f v reading, i saw earnshaw and it immediately brought back horrible memories of our defeat to Derby last yr, does that still haunt anyone else or is it just me?

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  • greg

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #31

    anyone got a live stream of hte charity shield?

    want to see what we’re up against next week

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  • Leo

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #32

    why isnt the charity sheild game not on tele????????????

    just realised it was pompey vrs manu and wanted to watch some footy… where is that sh1t going down? argh

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  • Toonboy

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #33

    @ leo

    Its on setanta

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  • Gateshead Mag.

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #34

    spyro av forgot about last season now.

    look forward to this one, i’m very optimistic. think we’ll surprise a few people. no silly statement buys and that, just players who wan’t to play for the club. bring on man united!

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  • greg

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #35

    streaaaaaaaam!

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  • Stephen

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Dont anyone think newcastle havent changed??????

    Like yesterday we played really well but guess what we were playing at HOME

    When we play away from home we suc* like hell..

    No matter who we play we always struggle, we always concede sloppy goals its really worrying to be honest

    Its like against aston villa last season 1-0 up crusing then we concede a stupid goal and lose 4-1 played great at man u away from home last season was 0-0 at half time lose a goal and we lose 6-0 same thing happened against man city away 1-0 up lost 3-1 yet again against arsenal twice last season 0-0 half time lose 3-0 both in the league and fa.cup and lost 2-0 in the carling cup..

    If we concede the first goal away from home in my opinion we already lost the game

    If colincini is the new woodgate for us then i be really pleased because in my opinion on away days we are champioship at the best

    always look pretty good at home but its pathetic the way we defend away from home..

    If we get that sorted and play like portsmouth or everton nice and organised and not many mistakes then we can be defo top 8 this season.

    if not then 12th at best

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  • Toonboy

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #37

    @ greg

    If i knew how do set up a steam i would

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  • Leo

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #38

    nice one, shame ma bloody setanta is not working because of the pikeys next door putting a bloody conifer tree in the way of the sky dish

    we have to have that dish relocated otherwise iwill chop their tree down haha

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  • Spyro

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #39

    gateshead

    i too am optimistic, i think we are in safe hands with our current regime, just takes a little bit of patience

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  • greg

    Aug 10, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Stephen 0 i think that’s mostly because the team was super low on confidence.

    They were brittle and collapsed at anything.

    This year, esp with characters like Colocinni, Beye and probably Guthrie, we should be more resilient.

    I can’t see us being beaten by more than 3 this season, put my nuts on that one

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