Ronaldo backs Owen to shine at United

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Cristiano Ronaldo believes Michael Owen will prove a fine replacement for him in the Manchester United number seven shirt.

United brought in England striker Owen, a free agent after leaving Newcastle, to help fill the void left by Ronaldo's world record £80million move to Real Madrid.

"Manchester United did well to give him the number seven," the Portuguese star said. "He is a great player, an English player. He has everything to win there. He is at a fantastic club."

Ronaldo had been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu for around two years before United finally sanctioned his sale this summer.

Yet despite the 24-year-old's obvious excitement at signing for the Spanish giants, he insists leaving United was not an easy decision.

"I arrived at Manchester when I was 18 years old and I'd been there six years and I think it's a lot of time," he said.

"I won many things there, collective and individual trophies and awards, and I met very good people there, good friends - so it's not easy you know.

"Life is a challenge and I'm a man of challenges. I think it's a good move."

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