4 Jul 2009

Owen not a gamble, says Ferguson

12:42 pm on 4 July 2009

Michael Owen has joined the English football champions Manchester United on a two-year contract.

The injury-prone former England striker, who's 29, was a free agent after his Newcastle contract expired at the end of last month.

He underwent a medical at a Manchester hospital on Friday before returning to United's Carrington training ground to complete the shock deal.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says signing Owen is not a gamble, calling him "a world class forward with a proven goalscoring record at the highest level and that has never been in question."