Fletcher hails Owen


MANCHESTER, September 21- Darren Fletcher has hailed Michael Owen's dramatic Manchester derby winner as the work of a natural born goalscorer.OWEN_DEVIL_Owen’s stoppage time strike clinched a 4-3 win for Manchester United that will live long in the memory and Scotland captain Fletcher believes it is a sign of how big an impact the former England striker could have at Old Trafford.

"The whole move was superb," Fletcher enthused. "Ryan Giggs’ pass was unbelievable, as was the way Michael controlled the ball with the outside of his right foot and finished it the same way.

"A natural goalscorer makes natural goalscoring movements and over the next few months Michael is going to be an important player for us."

Fletcher is also hoping to hit the goalscoring trail himself after finding the net with two powerful headers against City.

"I am pleased to get those goals because I have missed a few very easy chances earlier in the season," he said. "It is nice to get a couple to get me on my way. Now I have to try and get a few more."

Fletcher shrugged off the row over whether the final whistle should have been blown before Owen pounced for the winner.

"When you are involved in a game you can’t tell how much injury time there is," he said. "There was a goal and a substitution, so you have to add on minutes for that. As a player you play, you don’t concern yourself about time.

"I just felt we could get that extra goal."

Fletcher believes United’s gritty display on Sunday has sent a signal to league leaders Chelsea about the champions’ determination to retain their Premier League crown.

"Everyone has been writing us off but you have to use that in the right way and prove people wrong," he added. "It was a hard week in football terms and you cannot ask for much more than the results we have got.

"We know how much quality there is in the dressing room. You look around and you are happy to have those players in your team."