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The Michael Owen enigma

March 11, 2010
By Norman Hubbard
For a man whose public utterances long seemed to be the definition of blandness, Michael Owen has a remarkable gift for polarising opinions. Men of the stature of Fabio Capello and Sir Alex Ferguson have drawn very different conclusions and, as the striker's first season at Manchester United is curtailed prematurely, each could consider himself vindicated. A player targeted by Hull and Stoke and then signed by the Premier League winners is one whose status within the game is a subject for debate.
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