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.