We were surprised that Michael Owen was introduced into the game last night by Alex Ferguson.
Michael Owen – close your eyes and I’ll kiss you, tomorrow I’ll miss you
Usually Alex knows when to play players and when to keep them on the bench, and perhaps he didn’t know the feelings of Newcastle fans about Michael Owen.
Michael became the pin-up boy of everything that was wrong about the Newcastle players in their relegation season, two years ago.
Too many players were at the club for the huge wages the club used to dole out, and when push came to shove that season, a lot of Newcastle players disappeared in games.
Newcastle paid out £16M for Michael from Real Madrid in August of 2005, and around £110K/week, and that was probably the worst financial deal ever made in PL history, and by Freddy Shepherd, the Newcastle Chairman at the time.
Yet it wasn’t all Michael’s fault, because he was injured a lot of the time – but usually when playing for England – which he seemed to give more priority to, than playing for Newcastle, the club who paid his enormous wages.
The way he quietly disappeared from Tyneside,. without saying a word, two days after the club was relegated, will always be remembered, as his helicopter took off and headed west to his Chesire home – and Michael was never to be seen again – until last night.
And he was the Newcastle captain by the way.
This is what Michael said on his twitter account after the game last night:
“I knew I would get booed as that’s what a lot of fans do but if they knew the facts then they may have a different opinion”
“From a personal point of view it was nice to get on. Got a poor reception off the home fans which was disappointing. Was desperate to score!”
“Disappointing result but credit to Newcastle, they played well and put us under plenty of pressure especially in the first half an hour.”
“From what most of you Newcastle fans are saying you should be pleased I left the club! If i had known that earlier I could have left sooner!”
“For the record, I tried my best in every game for Newcastle. Under Kevin Keegan I played well and I’ll never forget the 2 I scored against Sunderland.”
“When I meet Newcastle or Liverpool fans they all respect what I’ve done for their clubs. In stadiums it changes, one boos and the rest follow.”
“By the way, I’m not looking for sympathy. As long as my family don’t boo me when I walk through the door I couldn’t care less!!!”
Some Newcastle fans were seen waving 20 pound notes, signifying he was only on Tyneside for the money, and they never ever took to the player, who was far too political in his interviews, and you never really knew what he was really thinking.
The TV commentator Ian Darke, who was giving the commentary with Steven McManaman over here on ESPN, said he didn’t realize Owen was so unpopular on Tyneside.
And when Newcastle fans started chanting about Owen being greedy, Michael looked genuinely shocked and embarrassed.
In Newcastle’s time of need two years ago. Owen never stepped up to the plate for Newcastle, and since then he has disappeared on the Red Devils bench and hardly plays for the Red Devils.
Last night was only his 7th PL appearance of the season, and he has one goal, and has dropped so far down the charts as a football player, it’s almost unbelievable.
He’ll be looking for another club in the summer, as his two year deal with Manchester United is up, but surely he should go to some side like Bolton or Stoke, where at least he would get a game regularly.
Anybody who is willing to sit on the bench for a club, and pick up his wages and trophies when he hardly ever plays, has to have suspect ambitions.
Certainly Newcastle fans showed Michael and anybody else who was watching last night, that they think Michael Owen is very suspect in what he plays the game for, these days.
And it cannot be to show his skills because he never plays.
And they even have the proof with Michael’s time on Tyneside, where he had only 79 appearances and 30 goals over four seasons at Newcastle, when he cost the club around £39M in transfer fees and wages over that period.
Some readers criticized my recent article saying he cost Newcastle £1.3M a goal, because Newcastle are reported to have received £10M from the FA for his serious knee injury he picked up during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, after missing a big chunk of the previous season on Tyneside.
OK, then make that £1M per goal if you take that into account – it hardly makes a difference.