This is one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s best Man United sides, says Michael Owen

Stoke's Michael Owen believes the current Manchester United squad is one of the best Sir Alex Ferguson has assembled

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Michael Owen joined Stoke on a free transfer last summer Photo: Phil Greig / Stoke City FC

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Michael Owen believes the current Manchester United squad is one of the best Sir Alex Ferguson has assembled during his 26-year reign.

The Reds Devils face Real Madrid in their Champions League last-16 second-leg tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday night as Ferguson bids to win his third European crown.

United are 12 points clear of defending champions Manchester City in the Premier League title race and are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

And Owen says that the Red Devils manager will be desperate to capitalise on his current crop of stars and add another Champions League title to his trophy collection.

“Sir Alex Ferguson at the minute has got one of the best teams he has ever assembled,” Owen told Sky Sports. “He will be thinking what a waste if we don’t win another Champions League in the next few years.

“This year his team are pretty healthy, no main players are injured, they are in good form and everything is perfect in the United camp at the moment and you have to take advantage.”

Owen also rubbished the suggestion United’s players could be affected by the magnitude of Tuesday’s tie, insisting the Red Devils will approach the Madrid clash as if it were any other match.

“Playing in big games, that is what it is all about,” he added.

“A lot of these United players have come through from an early age and they have played in some of the biggest games, likewise in the Madrid team. From the outside you can think the pressure is too much but this is another game. They will get that tingle in the stomach, it is big, but once the whistle goes they will use that to drive them on.”

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