Manchester United should have signed Barkley, says Owen

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Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes David Moyes should have recruited Ross Barkley from Everton in the summer transfer window to really signal his intent upon his arrival at Old Trafford.

Moyes left Goodison Park at the end of last season to inherit the daunting task of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson and was quick to launch a raid on the Toffees to ensure the most prominent of his former charges followed him to Manchester.

The new Manchester United manager tried but failed to secure the signature of Leighton Baines, but was able to acquire midfielder Marouane Fellaini moments before the transfer deadline at the beginning of September.

Owen, however, claims Moyes would have been better served pursuing Barkley rather than Fellaini, with the youngster more of long-term investment than the imposing Belgian.

"There is no doubt in my mind that David Moyes will be a huge success at Manchester United for years to come," Owen told Sportlobster.

"Moyes would have expected an instant return on investment when buying Marouane Fellaini.

"I rate him highly in a certain type of team but I’m not sure he is a Manchester United player.

"Moyes would have been better served by breaking the bank for another of Everton’s players.

"A team consisting of two of the best youngsters in the Premier League, Adnan Januzaj and Ross Barkley, would have immediately sent out the message that Moyes is building a team to last."

Barkley has been in impressive form indeed for Everton this season, scoring twice in the Premier League, while also earning a first senior international appearance for England two months ago.

The 20-year-old has been linked with a future move to Manchester United, with Moyes reported to be considering an offer in the region of £20 million.

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