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Carragher wary of rejuvenated Owen

sports Updated: Aug 02, 2009 19:03 IST

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Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher admitted on Sunday that he was wary of the threat posed by former teammate Michael Owen at Manchester United.

Carragher believes that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson could have pulled off a masterstroke in signing the 29-year-old striker who had an injury-plagued spell at relegated Newcastle.

"Signing Michael Owen was a clever piece of business by United and he has started really well in pre-season," Carragher told the Sunday Mirror.

"In a way I'm pleased he's got a big move to a big club because he came in for a lot of criticism at Newcastle.

"Why? What did he do wrong up there?

"For me, Michael Owen is still a great player and great role model and I have this feeling he'll be good for United.

"But he plays for our biggest rivals now so he'll know I won't want him to carry on scoring once the season starts."

He added: "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."

Despite his respect for Owen's talents, Carragher believes Liverpool's forward pairing of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard could not be bettered.

"No other team in England has a partnership like Gerrard and Torres. There is no better partnership in the world at the moment.

"It's strange to be talking about Stevie as a striker, but that's what he has become and, for me, in that position behind the main forward there is no one better.

"When he's playing alongside Torres they have the ability to tear defences wide open in a split second."