Raul: Owen can win Golden Boot

Real Madrid captain Raul believes his former Bernabeu team-mate Michael Owen can win the Premier League Golden Boot this season with Manchester United.

The 29-year-old joined the Old Trafford giants on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract at Newcastle United, and immediately started finding the back of the net for his new club during the Red Devils' pre-season tour of Asia.

And the England international, who made 35 league appearances for the Madridistas during one campaign in the Spanish capital in 2004/05, could now out-score Liverpool talisman Fernando Torres, Chelsea marksman Didier Drogba and everyone else in the division, according to Real icon Raul.

“It would not surprise me if Michael is the top goalscorer in England next season,” he said in the Sunday Mirror.

“A player can lose fitness and as he gets older a player can lose a bit of his pace, but players with goalscoring instincts like Michael has don’t lose that.

“It would be crazy for anybody to write off Michael.

“You have great strikers like Fernando at Liverpool and Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, but if Michael stays fit and plays games I could see him scoring more than anybody.

“He may have to adapt his game slightly as he gets older as he used to be all about pace, but the quality of service he will get at Manchester will be a dream for a player with goal scoring instincts like him.”

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