Michael Owen opens his Manchester United account

Michael Owen scored his first goal for Manchester United last night to earn the Premier League champions a 3-2 win over Malaysia in the first match of their Asia Tour. Despite not scoring for Newcastle since January, Owen showed good awareness to pick up a loose ball on the edge of the box and fire past Mohammad Marlias in the Malaysia goal.

Sir Alex Ferguson spoke about Owen's goal and performance after the game: "He will always look to score that type of goal, so nothing unusual happened today," Ferguson said. "But he is wearing the number seven shirt that has traditionally been worn by high-profile members of our club and he has the ability and the experience to handle that. Some players would not rise to that challenge but he will."

United raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a goal from Wayne Rooney after five minutes before the England striker turned provider with a beautifully weighted ball to Nani which the Portugal winger hammered home from six-yards out. But Malaysia looked set to rain on United's parade thanks to a brilliant 30-yard lob from Mohammad Yahyah. The midfielder was on hand in the second half to capitalize on a mistake by Ben Foster and make it 2-2.

Owen's goal, however, gave United the win and offered some good news after the club's hotel in Jakarta was bombed late last week leading to the cancellation of the Indonesia leg of the club's tour.

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