Manchester United striker Michael Owen has been ruled out for six more weeks, as he strides to establish himself as one of the regular players for Manchester United. A lot has been spoken about Michael Owen just prior to the transfer window, but nothing materialised as Owen ended up staying at Manchester United. However, he has not been able to get a lot of game time. The game time that she has got so far have been mostly in meaningless Carling cup matches and so forth. The latest setback to the former England striker comes as a major disappointment.

He is expected to be out of action until at least Christmas, which is once again a major blow for Sir Alex Ferguson as well. Dimitar Berbatov has not been performing as well as in the past seasons. He would have been hoping that at least Michael Owen steps up to the plate this season. The former England striker suffered the injury setback in the 2-0 win over their Champions League opponents Otelul Galati. He played only 10 min in the match before suffering the injury and had to be taken off. Manchester United especially need the services of Michael Owen at this time.

They are currently trailing leaders Manchester City by five points. Even though Manchester United traditionally perform well in the second half of the season, the presence of Michael Owen could have added a wealth of experience to the current crop of young strikers like Danny Welbeck. Still, the injury has not been as bad as initially feared, as Michael Owen will be able to return to first-team action from January onwards. Manchester United released the following statement: “Michael has a thigh muscle injury and will be out for six weeks or so.”