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Michael Owen signs for Manchester United

Michael Owen signed a two-year deal with Manchester United last night after successfully completing a medical at Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old, who had been previously linked with moves to Stoke and Hull, joined the Premier League champions on a free transfer from Newcastle in a move which has taken the football media by surprise.

Owen spoke about the deal earlier today: "I had just begun to talk to other clubs when out of the blue Sir Alex phoned me on Wednesday afternoon, invited me to have breakfast with him next morning during which he told me that he wanted to sign me. I agreed without a moment's thought," the striker said. "This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I intend to seize it with both hands."

The former Liverpool striker will join Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov in United's forward line next season and could be unveiled at Old Trafford next Friday.

Sir Alex Ferguson spoke aboutOwen's arrival: "Michael is a world-class forward with a proven goalscoring record at the highest level and that has never been in question. Coming to Manchester United with the expectations that we have is something that Michael will relish," the veteran manager said.

The move could also be good news for England fans less than a year away from the World Cup in South Africa. If Owen can rediscover his form of old the striker could force his way back into Fabio Capello's squad.

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