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Man United sign Michael Owens

The pro Michael Owen crowd will say that Man United got him for a song on basically a pay and play deal. That he is a proven goalscorer and that playing in a team like Man United that he will regain his goalscoring touch.

Maybe he will prove us all wrong and return to his former level. But I seriously doubt that Owen will have a measureable impact on United’s upcoming season.

It is a summer where the center of European soccer has switched from the Premier League to La Liga. Benzema, Ribery, Villa, Kaka and Ronaldo have all spurned offers from Premier League teams to play in Spain, or to stay in Spain.

United’s European rivals have gotten stronger while United have taken a big step backwards. The only consolation for United fans is that none of their domestic rivals have done a lot to upgrade themselves so far this summer.