London: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed striker Michael Owen as “still one of the best finishers in England” after his Carling Cup double against Leeds United.
In his first appearance of the season, Owen opened the scoring after 15 minutes at Elland Road, picking up on Park Ji-Sung’s pass and scuffing the ball in off a post.
The visitors were soon 2-0 ahead when Owen fired into the top corner with a superb strike.
“Michael is still fantastic when it comes to putting the ball in the net. I’m very pleased for him that he’s got another couple tonight. When you look at his goal ratio throughout his career it is magnificent. And, yes, absolutely he is still one of the best finishers in England,” Ferguson was quoted as saying by media.
“Because of the form of the other strikers we have here, Michael is not getting the amount of games he deserves right now, and that is unfortunate for him. But he is a great person to have around,” he added.
The 31-year-old, who joined United in July 2009, had signed a one-year extension to his contract in June.