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Carra: Be Understanding That Owen Joined One Of World’s Biggest Clubs

Jamie Carragher has asked Liverpool fans to be understanding of Michael Owen’s decision to join Manchester United, ahead of his testimonial at Anfield, which Owen will feature in.

Owen returned with Newcastle a few years ago and was booed by the home crowd so it should come as no surprise that he got a rotten time when returning with United last season.

Carragher hopes that Liverpool fans see the bigger picture this weekend though.

“He left in difficult circumstances, but when he went to Manchester United, his career was on a bit of a downward spiral and he’ll admit that himself,” said Carragher. “So the chance to go to one of the biggest clubs in the world was difficult to turn down. He moved and upset some people, but he had to do what was right for himself and his family. His kids were just starting school and he wanted to move back home so that came into it as well.”


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18 Comments

  1. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Cant ask much fairer than that

    but will the dippers listen, i wouldnt bet there giro on it

  2. nirvanutdketki says:

    agenig scouse bastard

  3. wayne says:

    over the last few years carragher has said a few good things about utd and players even today he’s hoping rooney sticks it to his critics i know he’s a dipper but seems like a fair man in what he says alot of the time

  4. Costas says:

    Couldn’t have said it any better. I doubt his club’s fans will listen though.

    @wayne

    True that. He seems like a fair and sensible person.

  5. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Never considered him to be at the level needed at the highest level. Competent in his position, but that is about all. In addition, is always one of the first to surround the ref pleading for someone to be shown a card. I personally can’t stand that in a player and pool has way to many of those. Yeah, if it weren’t for the fact that he gets out of position so often and is then forced to make cynical professional fouls, then maybe I could rate him. But as it is, naw, not much in my book.

  6. ajopaul says:

    O’ Come on .. we have always known Cara’s United respect for a looong time.. Am not surprised..

  7. whiteside85 says:

    he comes across as a closet United fan lol, kidding. im startin to have a little respect for carragher, afterall considering the rivalry/hatred he’s talked openly of his respect for United for years, iv lost count the amount of times. i can imagine the dippers starting to turn on him never mind owen. lol.

    cant imagine Gary Neville having anything half decent to say bout them c*nts……but then again we are United.

  8. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @Costas, Wayne: What you guys tell is absolutely true. Whenever people used to call Gerrard as Mr. Liverpool, I used to wonder what was up with these guys. Carragher has given a lot more to that club and gotten a lot less recognition for it in the end. I have always highly regarded him as a player and a person.

    And what he says is right. I don’t expect the Owen situation to happen to any of our players. But suppose if Beckham had joined, say, a Liverpool or a Chelsea from RM, I am sure he would’ve still gotten a similar sort of reception to what he got when he came with Milan. Sure there would’ve been some naysayers, but the majority would’ve reacted in a way that would’ve still brought him to tears. We would still remember all his achievements with us. And there in lies the gulf of difference between most other fans and Manchester United fans. We are just a different sort – both club and fans alike.

  9. Raj_Red_Devil says:

    Erm, he has joined THE biggest club in the world.

  10. Red Devil 19 says:

    @balaji

    Beckham’s reception at OT was also to do with the fact that since he left united he has not said a single bad word about the club. He’s always declaring his love for a united whilst with RM galaxy and Milan. Would love to see him in an ambassadorial role with the club in the future

  11. King Eric says:

    I actually rather like Jamie. Club before country man, tells it how it is. They have been mates for years those two.

  12. wiuru says:

    Dippers will do what Dippers do , bound to make a meal of it !!!!

  13. willierednut says:

    I’m starting to like Carraaaaa, whats wrong me lol.

  14. 20legend99 says:

    I love how Carra has already conceded the title haha. Not that he’s being unrealistic, it just tickles me seeing how shite they are now, especially considering two seasons ago they almost won the title.

  15. Redsmoke says:

    I’ve always enjoyed Carraghers game. He affinity for Own Goals really makes me admire him.

  16. Kings says:

    He seems like a genuine guy, unlike that cunt Stevie Me who is revered by this country despite his thuggery nature and loved by the Liverpool fans despite his blantant disloyalty.

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