When Manchester signed Michael Owen on a free and didn’t fork out £25 million on Carlos Tevez, the press wondered whether Sir Alex Ferguson was pulling off a great deal or whether he had lost his mind.

Tevez scored 15 goals in 51 games last season, whilst the manager fancies Owen to score 15 in 25.

“I hope it’s plenty,” Ferguson responded when asked how many times his new striker would score in the forthcoming campaign. “If you look at his goal-scoring record over the years, even the last two years at Newcastle in difficult times, he’s scored at one in two. He’s easily capable of that level, one in two games, so if he plays 25 games for me next season, I think he’ll get 15 goals. We’ve actually been rotating all the four strikers, because we’re bringing new players like Owen into the team and also there’s young players like Macheda coming through. We have to find out and understand the best possible combination.”