OPINION | Michael Owen is Wrong to Criticize Bissaka Fee

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Former Manchester United and Liverpool forward Michael Owen has criticized United’s £50 million pursuit of Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka

In a tweet on Wednesday, Owen said he believed United should get a finished article for that price.

What Owen fails to realize is that the investment in hungry, young players is traditionally the transfer policy Manchester United adopted under Sir Alex Ferguson, and it is the same transfer policy adopted by the likes of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

United tried to recruit “ready-made” talent under Mourinho and Van Gaal and this approach was largely a failure with the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan spectacularly failing at the club.

United need to go back to the roots of recruiting talented young players.

United certainly won’t go anywhere if they listen to the likes of Michael Owen for recruitment advice. Besides, £50 million is commonplace when you consider the inflated market prices in 2019.

City paid £50 million for Raheem Sterling in 2015, and he was hardly the finished article then. Nor did he play in a specialist, position like Wan-Bissaka does at full-back.

Michael Owen should find better things to do with his time, because transfer advising is clearly not his strong suit…

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