SPORT | Ferguson hails Owen’s ‘unbelievable’ Twitter record

February 27, 2012


Ferguson has been impressed with the quality of tweets such as these.

Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Michael Owen’s “unbelievable” retweet record after 9 of his 11 tweets on Sunday were each retweeted over 100 times.

Owen, who is currently United’s top tweeter, has seen 108 out of his last 124 tweets get over 100 retweets. This tally puts him second in the Premier League retweet table behind professional Nietzsche-misquoter Joey Barton.

Ferguson told journalists at a press conference today that people need to look at Owen’s retweet ratio, not just the amount of tweets he produces.

“Michael Owen’s tweets are great but it’s his retweet ratio which is so unbelievable. We are very pleased with him. But then he had a great retweet ratio at Real Madrid and Newcastle so it isn’t surprising that he’s doing the business for us now.”

Owen was originally signed as an orthodox striker for United, but recurring injuries and a slight loss of pace has meant that Ferguson has converted Owen in to a social media and application development specialist who sits at a desk just behind their web development team in a small IT portacabin close the ground.

“Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez aren’t even on Twitter, so it’s great that we’ve got Michael to fulfil that role”, added Ferguson.

This Sunday tweet ended up being retweeted 635 times, which makes it the most retweeted tweet by a Premiership substitute this season.

Ferguson has confirmed that Owen has overcome a recent thumb injury and will be available to tweet along to United’s forthcoming fixtures against Tottenham in the Premier League and Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League.

“His observations about how great Paul Scholes is doing considering his age and what he’s having for dinner that night really help the squad”, said Ferguson.

Ferguson refused to be drawn on rumours that Owen has been offered a one year contract extension to remain at United and develop a social media policy for youth team players.

“Michael’s potential future IT-related projects are between him and the club”, said Ferguson.


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