Sir Alex Ferguson blamed a crazy market for us not being able to land transfer target Karim Benzema. The truth was he didn’t want to come to Manchester United over Real Madrid. Michael Owen has said he’s not bothered that Benzema was Ferguson’s priority signing though.

“There were clubs who linked themselves with me just so they could give their fans something to talk about,” said Owen. “But there were also good clubs that made their interest known without it being made public. Yes, managers ignored me and didn’t think I could get back to my best. I do have some strong feelings about that. But the bottom line is that the one man in world football who I would want to have a good opinion of me wanted to sign me. If Sir Alex Ferguson thinks I am good enough for Manchester United that’s all that matters. He did mention he wanted to sign Benzema, but I don’t care whether I was his first choice or 100th choice.”

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