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Sir Alex attracted Owen because he could not sign with Benzema

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has revealed he has gone to Old Trafford only because Sir Alex Ferguson has failed to take Karim Benzema. Owen became part of the `Red Devils` in 2009, taking No. 7, which was played by Cristiano Ronaldo so far. The Portuguese, along with Kaka from Milan and Benzema from Lyon, were the three big stars attracted by Florentino Perez in Real Madrid after his return to the club.

`I have to thank Benzema because without him I would never play for Manchester United. ` Ferguson told me he would sign with me only if he did not take Benzema and that`s what happened, `Owen told Canal +.

Owen spent 3 years at Old Trafford, scoring 17 goals in 52 games. He previously played for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle.