Monday, September 17, 2012

Stoke Forward Michael Owen Regrets Not Leaving Manchester United Earlier

Michael Owen, Manchester United’s former striker for three seasons, said that he should have moved out of the club earlier than his April release.

Signing for a one-year deal with Stoke City, the 32-year old forward said that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson convinced him to stay at the club for one more year. He only played for The Red Devils four times last season.

Owen said that the extra year he spent at United could have given him better playing opportunities. He recalled how he stayed at the bench often while being reassured by Ferguson that he has “a big role to play”. While he called it an honour from the manager, he said that he wanted to play more.

Last year, Owen injured his thigh and was not fit to play from November until weeks before the season has ended.  He may make his first showing for Stoke when the side will be playign against tough oponnent and defending league champions Manchester City – a team that he beat via an injury time goal to make it 4-3 for United.

Looking forward to figure prominently at Stoke, Owen said that at age 32, he could still make a great impact on his career. He expressed his confidence in scoring goals for his new club, saying that he has done so in all of his previous clubs.

Having felt that he had a strong chance to play at Stoke, Owen claimed that he talked to Pulis months ago, noting that he expected an offer sooner than his entry this month. He added that he had no second thoughts on signing for The Potters.

Manager Tony Pulis said that he has not decided yet whether he will start Owen in their upcoming City match. He said that he is happy with Owen’s performance in training and noted that they “are very pleased to have got him”.

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Michael Owen [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved 14 September 2012, from <>


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