Jamie Carragher has today claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson has pulled off a great bit of business when he signed Michael Owen and doesn’t think that Manchester United will be weaker next season without Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Signing Michael Owen was a clever piece of business by United and he has started really well for them in pre-season,” said Carragher. “In a way I am pleased he’s got a move to a big club because he came in for a lot of criticism at Newcastle. Why? What did the lad do wrong up there? For me, Michael Owen is still a great player and a great role model and I have this feeling he’ll be good for United. Michael is a good friend of mine, but he plays for our biggest rivals now so he’ll know won’t want him to carry on scoring once the season starts. He’s scored a lot of goals in the first few games for United and I hope he scores a few more pre-season because I want him to do well. But as soon as the season starts I hope he has a drought! That’s only right because hopefully we are going to be big rivals again this season.”

It seems every player at the moment, whether they play for United or not, is being asked what impact Cristiano Ronaldo’s sale will have on our title hopes. Carragher reckons that Ferguson knows what he’s doing and that only a ‘fool’ would think we will be weaker next season.

“I don’t expect United to be weaker just because they’ve lost Ronaldo,” he added. “Managers who have been going for a long time like Ferguson come under pressure to produce winning sides even when they’ve lost top players and they always come up with the answers. You always expect special managers to produce something and I am sure they will have something lined up. They still have Wayne Rooney, who is one of the best players in the world, and a very solid midfield with players like Michael Carrick. Only a fool would say it’s going to be a weaker United.”