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Michael Owen – Wasting His Talents For Another Year

9:59 am, Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

We had been sure that Michael Owen would be released by Manchester United this summer – but we were wrong again.

Michael Owen - wasting his talent on the bench

Michael has recently said that winning the Premier League was his greatest achievement in football, but he will get a Premier League medal with the minimum number of appearances required to get one – 10.

That’s why Ferguson kept bringing him on in the last few minutes in the last few league games of the season, and he made just one Premier League start, and only four starts in all competitions.

And he has even said he’s disappointed that England manager Fabio Capello has ignored him for the England side – what planet is Michael living on these days?

Michael is a player who has signed on for another year at the Red Devils, and seems willing not to play much first team football these days – make that the last two years – and that’s a a complete waste of his talents.

Where’s his football ambition gone?

He’s just not good enough these days to get into the Red Devils first team -  even when he isn’t injured.

In his last 6 seasons, since he was just 25 and joined the Magpies,  he has appeared for Newcastle and Manchester United a total of just 126 times, with 44 goals – and let’s remember most of the 44 appearances in the last two years, have been as a second half sub – sometimes very late in the game.

That’s just a waste of his talents – but Michael seems very willing to continue on the bench as he said yesterday via that Twitter account of his:

“Just to answer some of your tweets. Prefer playing less often in a top team than every game in a poor team. Been there and didn’t enjoy it.”

“Training every day at a high standard keeps you performing at a high level. I’m sure I have a lot to offer and so does the boss. Buzzing!”

That first paragraph is a veiled shot at Newcastle United, but he hardly ever played for us, and when push came to shove in the relegation season, he couldn’t even make the first team.

He was more concerned about playing for England than playing for Newcastle, he made that very clear.

Newcastle were a poor team two years ago, even though the wage bill was the 6th highest in the Premier League, and Michael Owen was part of it – when he was fit.

We thought he should have joined a mid-table side for next season, but that’s obviously not what he wants to do – and in that sense he seems almost like a football snob.

He would prefer to be with a top top team like the Red Devils and sit on the bench,  rather than starting every game  for a mid-table side like Wolves, Stoke City or Blackburn.

But to be fair to him, that’s his choice, but to us it seems just a complete waste of his talents, because when he does play he can still score those goals.

Sadly, he’s almost out of his depth at a club like Manchester United, and if he doesn’t get a contract extension next season, we suppose he’ll just retire at 32, rather than have to play for a mid table team, which seems to be beneath him.

Comments welcome.

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60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 joseismyhero // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    can honestly say my hate for him is unmatched by any other human being

  • 2 Selbymag // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Whats peoples views on the 3rd kit by the way just had my email from the club, looks pretty smart the all black! will only get twice obviously.

    Should have been the second kit.

  • 3 kentonmags // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:08 AM


    have you got a link si can see it

  • 4 gorgonzola // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Hey where is the second AND third kit honestly third kit that good and not the second kit ….terrible :(

  • 5 sambabali // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    go to & then go to shop, or click on the video… There are rumours that the second kit is orange

  • 6 Selbymag // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:10 AM,,10278~2370505,00.html. its on the club site now if this link does not work

  • 7 gorgonzola // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Can you guys please excuse my ignorance a bit..

    If I may ask what is the ultra Hate on Owen… I was aware he left NUFC, I hear a lot of bitterness about him is it cause he dumped us in a flash, but what do you expect I mean its like I dunno Berbatov playing in the second division no? I am just asking and am not aware of the inner intricacies about it as I am not from the Uk…

  • 8 Selbymag // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    No pics of the second “orange kit” hopefully there has been a rethink

  • 9 roshan MAGPIE // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    i hate owen wt a greedy ass hole i think we must nt sign gameiro cause he dosent want to come to NUFC we must go to our next target tat i guess will be erding

  • 10 TOON4LIFE_1 // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    you guys should read his twitter and how much piersmorgan has been ripping into him.

    lol example;

    many congrats to @themichaelowen on your new united contract. you’ve made a poor lonely bench very happy.

    haha classic

  • 11 Stuart // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Gorgonzola mate, he was our captain the season we got relegated. Come the end of the season he never even spoke to any of the team or the club, his contract ran out and he disappeared off in his helicopter to manchester.

    Never had any heart or commitment for the club, just his pay check.

    I could keep going on with reasons but I reckon thats enough lol.

  • 12 Stuart // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    The orange kit was never real. It was something someone mocked up on a kit design website. Someone posted the link on here a few weeks ago.

  • 13 NottsGeordie // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    The 3rd kit looks like a training kit and why is shola ameobi wearing it. Straight away makes me not like the kit.

  • 14 gorgonzola // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM


    Man I did not it was that bad… I always held the dude prior to what I hear now in high regard…. He seemed like good fellow…

    But man that is LOW….. How on earth could he do that…..?

  • 15 toon_tomma // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Newcastle target Kevin Gameiro has told the Magpies he will respond to their transfer offer in the next couple of weeks according to reports in the North-East media

  • 16 alip123 // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    I can honestly say that, more than any player on the planet (except for Nigel De Jong), I hope he breaks both his legs, and ends up bankrupt. He ruined Newcastle United. Blame Souness and Shepherd for signing him, but he is shite now. Just playing for the money.

    Also, Roshan, I think Gameiro will be better cos we wont be offering the astronomical wages we offered Owen, plus some of our players will keep him in check. I just hope we keep Wor Joey and Kevin Nolan. Enrique, if he wants to leave, fine. He’s done a great job, and we can get M’Bengue.


  • 17 Selbymag // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Seems like £107,000.00 a week was not enough for owen to be bothered about the club. Only ever spoke about getting fit to play for England when injured not Newcastle

  • 18 AussieToon // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Michael Owen will always lack respect of not only a footballer but a human being. Lowest form of dirt you could find on the planet (save from rapists and murderers). Cretin. Hate him.

  • 19 hainesy // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    That is indeed the third kit -.-

  • 20 connor_nufc // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Lequipe is reporting thst newcastle is the possible destination of gervinho

  • 21 gorgonzola // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Jesus dont get me started on De Jong…

    I felt like buying a ticket to the UK just to go there and break his stupid bully face… What a piece of shit Butcher I STILL think there is politics to play here that rat bag disgrace of a human being was told to purposely break his legs as he is a KEY man for the newly promoted NUFC..

    I never hope of anything bad to another human being but I hope this bottom of the sceptic tank filth get cancer…

  • 22 toonfan09 // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    dunno if i like the change kit need to see a better picture of it

  • 23 toonbelmonter(mr.T...iote) // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    gorgonzola m8 calllm down lol, u have to remember its the school holidays owa here so theres gunna be a few kiddies on, lol lay of the swearing or put a few ** were you wanna swear lol

  • 24 jim // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Aye Ed ya right – here’s michael ‘gambling’ owen’s latest dig at Newcastle?

    Sam on the other blog sums it up well here i reckon:

    “Biggest problem with MO is, he himself takes absolutely no responsibility for it being a poor team, despite being captain of it and one the most experienced, key, players. Contrast that with the team spirit we have now with an decent footballer/bloke as Captain.

    MO is a great example of a career path to avoid as a footballer, he’s all about himself and his performance, not the TEAM, and he’s quite happy to sit and take the pay check for doing as little as possible – even by his own admission. The guy is an insult to football.”

    Well said sam! The bloke’s a shadow of his former self-and a spineless, shameless, greedy gambling crock!

  • 25 gorgonzola // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    I just get too upset…even thinking about it….

    People like that should be BANNED for life and locked up…..its is pure disgust…and I hope he dies.

  • 26 Selbymag // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    I just like black kits – I like a bit of menace!

    Imagine looking up and seeing Tiote launching into a tackle all dressed in black, opposition players will cak themselves

  • 27 gorgonzola // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:29 AM



  • 28 kentonmags // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    The fa should take action against owen for his comments the prick we made him a millionaire and for what 2 goals against the scum

  • 29 gorgonzola // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    I think I might burn my shirt now after all this :-/

  • 30 Selbymag // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Isnt Owen worth £40m not bad for a wonder boy turned crock who massively under acheived. Probably picked up most of his injuries carrying his wallet

  • 31 Stuart // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Im surprised you didnt know about any of it like gorgonzola, it was all big news at the time. I’d definately get his name off the back at least like lol.

  • 32 toonarmy1986 // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    He is the one and only footballer I genuinely hate with a passion and would take great delight in his career ending tomorrow or even better going bankrupt and forced to live in a council estate preferably Newcastle so he gets abused everyday.

  • 33 tynesidetommo // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Christ almighty. There’s life beyond Michael Owen. Time to get over him and move on.
    Don’t give a toss what he’s doing – just give a toss about the Toon. Let’s start looking ahead rather than club history & greedy wee buggers like him.
    Get over it

  • 34 gorgonzola // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:39 AM


    No worry mate I was just asking earlier about why it was such a shambles as I am was not aware of it…I am not from UK and that period of our club I would rather forget so thats why all the comments….

  • 35 gorgonzola // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    How does one remove the name above the number 10 if its baked on the kit :-/ its impossible

  • 36 Stuart // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Haha anything mate, just permanent marker over it lol. I just couldnt bring myself to burn the badge like haha.

  • 37 roshan MAGPIE // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    ALIP 123 i know gameiro is good bt he dont want to come to NUFC tat s the problem

  • 38 ochytoon // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    What talents?

  • 39 kentonmags // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:45 AM


    Still receiving q’s re Cabaye & Gervinho. Both will join #nufc who are becoming increasingly confident about landing Gameiro.


  • 40 GeordieToon89 // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Use an iron an something sharp with a small edge heat the name up around the edges be careful not to burn kit thou and use the sharp object to peel away at edge of letters

  • 41 gorgonzola // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:55 AM


    Thanks a million! I hope this works… Hmm needs to be very thin… I need to think what I will use… many thanks… and I will get the new kit but now I am weary of getting a name on it :-( I want a Ben Arfa for example….

  • 42 GeordieToon89 // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Also could use hairdryer instead of iron.. A dont think we should be waitin a week or two for gameiro to decide he could say no nd then wa two weeks behind and could of lost our back up options

  • 43 kentonmags // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    interseting developments on the nzogbia deal on twitter it reckons he has said he wants to come back

  • 44 NUFC_Richyg01 // Jun 2, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    ED – Why waste a blog post on this m0n£y grabbing ar$£h0l£?

  • 45 kentonmags // Jun 2, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Gameiro offered a 5 year contract and 45k a week. Currently on 8k a week at Lorient. #nufc

    from twitter

  • 46 Brutooon // Jun 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    first of all the black kit is a TRAINING KIT. Fullstop

    2nd Owen is a coward, he afraid of joining those average teams (eventhough they offer him first team football) and prefer at the bench for Man Utd

  • 47 toonbelmonter(mr.T...iote) // Jun 2, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    brutooon the black kit is the 3rd kit not a training kit FULLSTOP, read the article FULLSTOP

  • 48 tynesidetommo // Jun 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    No worries gorgonzola. Owen makes most of us feel bitter and twisted. Kind of think it would do us more good to look at the more positive aspects of life at the Toon. Fingers crossed for a good transfer window – we’re due one.

  • 49 geoff777 // Jun 2, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Don’t like Owen … we only needed one goal to avoid relegation and he was the guy paid millions to do that.

    He’s wasted of the second half of his career, and lost a lot of respect.

    But he’s clever.
    Pocket millions, play a few minutes a fortnight, which lengthens his career … more millions.

    Job fits in nicely with his horse racing.
    Same hobby as his boss.
    Nice for Michael.

  • 50 The Entertainers // Jun 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    For me ranks up there along side Boumsung, Marcelino and Guivarch as one of our worst ever signings!
    professional bench warmer and arrogant talent waster!

  • 51 Danj_008 // Jun 2, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Gumby owen shouldn’t really say that about Real Madrid, they are a top class team. With great training facilities :p

  • 52 Constanstine // Jun 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Michael made the right choice. I am sure he himself understand where his fitness stands best. Playing regularly will only bring more injury to him especially in a league like PL. Owen is a great super sub, and he scored decent goals this season and the goal against Blackpool was pure class. Staying with United is the best way to keep himself at top level.

  • 53 // Jun 2, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    hope we get united first game of the season again in st james and fergie gives him a little run in the last ten minutes for wor joey to snap his legs!

  • 54 wynsleap // Jun 2, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    The guy has no ambition, no self respect and no class.
    I don’t know why we are still writing about him.

  • 55 geordieupontyne // Jun 2, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    i really cant imagine what kind of a person michael owen is.he has absolutely no charachter.did he really say this??
    “Just to answer some of your tweets. Prefer playing less often in a top team than every game in a poor team. Been there and didn’t enjoy it.”
    he is mentioning dare he.absolutely has no self respect.he seems also to be the 1st man(if he is one) to non-spot bitch about their former a man owen and shut up.we hate you even more than you think.

  • 56 NUFC_4_Life // Jun 2, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    What talents exactly is he wasting? he’s not quick anymore, he can’t dribble, he can’t pass, and he sure as hell can’t finish like he use too…I guess he can slowly get himself into good positions but lets not forget he can’t move on because he “only plays good for good teams”…owen is a MLS player at best now and deserves no respect especially from Newcastle fans after we watched him miss sitter after sitter to keep us up 3 seasons ago.

  • 57 GeordieTwo // Jun 2, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    He seems to be a parasite lodged in Fergie’s intestine now. Just can’t get rid of him.Hopefully he gets 10 minutes at St. James Park next season. His treatment this season was perfect, booing and 10 pound notes waved in his face. He deserves every bit of it and more. If he wants a war with the Newcastle supporters then bring it on I say!

  • 58 Born Again Geordie // Jun 3, 2011 at 8:04 AM


  • 59 Born Again Geordie // Jun 3, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    Complete W@nker

  • 60 Born Again Geordie // Jun 3, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Complete and utter W@nker

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