Friday, September 14, 2012

MICHAEL OWEN REGRETS STAYING IN MANCHESTER UNITED FOR TOO LONG


Former England attacker, Michael Owen says he has regrets about spending last season at Manchester United before his release this summer.

Owen was urged to stay at Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson a year ago but made only four first-team appearances for United in 2011-12.

The thirty years old former England forward is now with Stoke City after signing a one-year deal with the club last week.

Owen could make his Stoke debut against Manchester City on Saturday - a team he scored a dramatic injury-time winner against for Manchester United in September 2009.

That was probably the highlight of his injury-hit time at Manchester United and he is looking forward to making a bigger impact at Stoke. 

In between the injuries and the spells on the bench at United, Owen did score some great goals.
 
There was a hat-trick in the Champions League at Wolfsburg, a last-minute winner at home to Manchester City and an impressive strike in a Carling Cup final. 

Sadly, those contributions were rarely enough to earn a run in Ferguson’s team, even during those times when he was fit enough to play.

As it turned out, Owen's final season with United was blighted by a thigh injury that prevented him being available from November until the final few weeks of the campaign.  

He has won numerous accolades and titles during his career. He helped Liverpool win League Cup, FA Cup and Uefa Cup in 2001 and was awarded the prestigious Ballon d'Or the same year.


He is also fourth on the list of all-time England goalscorers after finding the net 40 times for his country.

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