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Watch: Michael Owen Reveals That Karim Benzema Is The Reason He Joined Man Utd

Watch: Michael Owen Reveals That Karim Benzema Is The Reason He Joined Man Utd

A documentary on the career of Real Madrid striker aired on French television on Sunday night which would have been of great interest to the general public given the up and down nature of the former Lyon striker's career.

He's had clashes with teammates, coaches, and a few storylines that sound like they were thought up by the writers of Dream Team, but one clip that has emerged from Canal Plus features Michael Owen, of all people.

A former Real Madrid striker himself, Owen was included because the transfer of Benzema from Lyon to the Bernabeu had direct implications for him joining Manchester United, as he explained that Alex Ferguson was very upfront regarding his priorities in that particular transfer window.

Owen claimed that he pleaded with Benzema to join Madrid, and offered a 'thank you' to the Frenchman for making the decision.

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From Karim Benzema, tipped to be one of the best strikers of his generation at the time, to Michael Owen on his way out of Newcastle?

It's a rather big leap for a 'Plan B', and as Gabriel Obertan and Antonio Valencia - then of Wigan - were the only other summer signings it's clear to see why Man Utd fans were nervous regarding the season ahead back in 2009.

Owen may not have enjoyed the most fruitful career at Manchester United, but did score the winner in one of the most memorable Manchester derbies ever and left the club with a Premier League winner's medal in his back pocket.

Mikey Traynor

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