Sir Alex Ferguson expects Joshua King to have a ‘good career’ after he scored his first Norwegian goal against Cyprus this week.
Manchester United’s U-21 team’s striker is extremely quick and has received a great amount of praise for his training and determination.
“Joshua King has done very well,” said the boss. “We get mixed fortunes when players go on loan – Federico Macheda had a nightmare twice when he went to Sampdoria and then QPR with a change of manager just as he arrived. And then, with Josh, he didn’t play much at Mönchengladbach last year and came back to us.
“He did really well in pre-season and has been working really hard. He’s shown he has good ability. He won the penalty for Norway and scored the third goal and that’s bound to have given him a boost. He’s very quick with a great physique and he should have a good career.”
King is a part of Sir Alex’s strike force and that explains why Fergie had to get rid of Owen.
“Michael is a fantastic player,” Fergie added. “With us having the opportunity to sign Robin van Persie at the time and Chicharito and Danny Welbeck improving and developing as players, plus Wayne Rooney of course, and then young strikers like Macheda, Will Keane, King and Bebe it was difficult to hold on to Michael.
“Also for Michael’s own benefit in terms of playing more regularly. He’s a brilliant professional and a top man and I was disappointed to let him go.”
Owen has still not really got a lot of playing time even at Stoke City.