Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Owen Scores for Red Devils Again

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Owen Scores for Red Devils Again

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MANCHESTER United boss Sir Alex Ferguson last night brushed off Wayne Rooney's angry reaction to a penalty box clattering in Malaysia, writes SIMON STONE.

The Red Devils boss also highlighted another encouraging contribution from former Newcastle captain Michael Owen, who scored in the 2-0 win over a Malaysian XI in Kuala Lumpur - his second goal of the tour.

Rooney was turning in his usual industrious display after being introduced as a 67th-minute substitute when he was barged into by goalkeeper Mohammed Farizal Marlias as the pair tussled for a corner. The United striker responded with a swipe of the arm, before walking away holding the ear he injured on holiday earlier in the summer and required stitches. It was the kind of incident that could easily have been avoided, although Ferguson was not too concerned after the final whistle.

"He got a bit annoyed because the goalkeeper caught him on the ear that has been stitched," said Ferguson. "It was a momentary explosion of anger."

After scoring a late winner against the same opposition on Saturday, Owen bagged a typical predator's effort after 13 minutes, reacting quickly after the hosts had made a mess of trying to clear a Zoran Tosic cross.

The former Magpies striker might have had another as well, but after ghosting to the near-post his flick bounced off the inside of a post.

"The goal was typical Michael Owen," said Ferguson. "He was the first person to react in the penalty box. And the second was a perfect situation for him. He was quick with his run and got in front of the defender. "He was unlucky it came off the post. Overall I was pleased with his contribution. It was good. He has done well tonight."

United were already ahead before Owen struck thanks to Federico Macheda, the 17-year-old who will be entrusted with the coveted fourth striking role at Old Trafford this term. …

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