After Aston Villa and other clubs have been linked with a move for Michael Owen, Sir Alex Ferguson has said there’s no way our ickle scouse bastard is going anywhere.

“He is looking really good,” Ferguson said. “He has trained really well this week. People may have forgotten just what a good player Michael is. He’s had a nightmare time with a bad hamstring injury but now he deserves a change of luck. If he can stay fit, I believe he has an important part to play for the club between now and the end of the season; there’s no doubt about that. He still has a great engine. There has never been a problem with him since he came to United. He is great to have around. He conducts himself well and is a great example to the younger players. I know a few clubs have been thinking about him for a possible loan arrangement but it will not happen. He is definitely not going anywhere.”

Aside from all the scouse stuff, I find Owen’s personality quite annoying. He’s got a great sense of self-importance, he’s whiny and is very defensive when people mention the fact he is injury prone.

But that aside, I honestly think he is a good influence behind the scenes. He’s a total professional who is massively grateful to have been given an opportunity at our club.

Maybe we’ll see him given a go today?