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Owen: Desperate To Play At Old Trafford Again

Michael Owen spent three seasons at Manchester United and, despite producing a professional brochure boasting that he wasn’t injury-prone, spent the vast majority of his time at the club injured.

He managed to find time for a few highlights though, including that incredible late winner against City, scoring in our 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in the League Cup final and a hattrick in the Champions League against the German champions.

Most United fans were glad to see the back of him this summer, having never warmed to the former Kop idol, and now he plays for Stoke. Having missed their game against Anfield last week, he now has his eye on facing United at the weekend.

“I was looking at it thinking Liverpool away and Manchester United away, it was going to be an interesting October,” Owen told Sky Sports News. “Obviously I missed the first one but I am desperate to be fit for the second one. The lads are playing out of their skin at the moment so it’s hard to get in the team, but my fitness is coming week by week and I am really excited about the challenge ahead.”

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  1. Adam says:

    @samuel – I think this article makes some ridiculous statements, but it also makes some good ones.
    Liverpool have played some great games, but they are seriously missing a solid finisher. That douchebag suarez isn’t what they need.
    Secondly, you can tell by our performances last season and some this season that we have lost a bit of an edge because of multiple reasons discussed here over and over and it will be an uphill battle for us this season. You can tell by the way teams approach their games with us, event at OT. Used to be a fortress, teams parking the bus hoping to scrape away with a draw and now they come out, attack and anticipate getting full points.

    Regarding DeGea, he needs work defending corners, and we need work delivering them, you think it would be a perfect training scenario! :)

  2. utd_fc says:


    Cheers mate. On board w what though? Look I think Hart is a great keeper, his performances justify that much praise at least. But at 20 years old David DeGea is easily at par w him, if not outshines him, in certain aspects.

    His one-on-ones and his shotstopping ability is unparalleled, and his kicking is something that is just a sight of beauty. Such accurate goalkicks, his ability to start attacks from his own box is immense. Like everyone has stated, he’s not the finished article and I don’t remember Hart being half the keeper at 20 that he is now. Below DDG too, that’s for sure.

  3. utd_fc says:

    That scouse joke of a comment had me on the floor thought. Fuckin haven’t won at home in a whole year and they’re tryina point fingers at us? Ahhahahahahaa FUCK ME

  4. FletchTHEMAN says:

    So Michael Owen dives for England. World Upside down shocker :roll:

    Better stay on you feet v United or Rio be havin you plastered over his twitter account :lol:

  5. TeeElPee says:

    @ that Liverpool article, I also smile when I think of how much they paid for Adam, Poulsen, Meireles, Aquilani, Robbie Keane, Babel, etc….

  6. WeAreUnited says:

    we’we seen this billion time, but this is a close-up. Bad quality though , solskjaer has won it!

  7. Phil Jones' Birdshit Streaks says:

    I’m more worried about Stoke kicking the shit out of us, as they usually do with their opposition. If we can avoid injuries in this one and grab the 3 points, I don’t care how exciting it is. They are horrible, horrible anti-football bastards, and don’t get me started on their fans…

  8. utd_fc says:


    Honestly I’d rather VPersie not play the game against Stoke :S

  9. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Parry – so if it’s not potential then what do you get for a 21year old keeper that only had 2 seasons of first team football at athletico madrid? Was he fully equipped and experienced enough?

  10. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Sky is reporting Ashley Young is back to first team training. Great news.

    But then, been looking great without them. Who knew United could play w/o wingers? :lol:

    Maybe Ashley will be sent off to practice w reserves as they still play with wingers… ;)

  11. FletchTHEMAN says:

    HAPPY 75TH to Sir Bobby

  12. Wee Toms Ligaments says:

    Will Young get a spot before Nani when he is cleared to play?

  13. dazbomber says:

    I thought Will Young is a singer, but to answer your question yes I think so

  14. Proverb says:

    Will young still make backwards passes once he’s declared fit to play?
    What a daft question :D
    Of cause YES!

  15. Fibes says:

    I like Owen. That goal against City was a magic moment. Regardless of whether you think the guy is a crocked mercenary, he gave us that.

  16. Ash says:

    Liverpool are always obsessed with us and I love that. Liverpool are not even in our main list of competitors . They have claseless fans who support other team. Their fucking captain gives a pass to other player so that he scores (Drogba) . They are tarnishing their image. They should worry about their own pathetic team that are performing below par.

    I am loving this season because every one is writing us off. Keep writing us off because when we win the reaction of abu will be worth watching

  17. parryheid says:

    samuel-united We stand.

    Jones and Smalling were bought for their potential at an appropriate cost and neither get a #1 status.Lindegaard gets bought for potential suitably priced DeGea gets bought at some 4times his cost ie record price.Nobody get’s bought for potential at a record price paid but for the finished article.that surely is not a hard thing to admit,nor is the fact he has a looong way to go.

  18. Phil Jones' Birdshit Streaks says:

    @utd_fc – exactly

  19. DohaRed says:

    samuel – united WE stand @19.17 yesterday – I just read the deluded Scouse fan’s ramblings. That was so funny. Thank you so much for sharing that, really made me laugh. Sums up scousers perfectly.

  20. Proverb says:

    There you go ROONEY
    Celebrating the birth of his child in may as well as the CL final win. nice 1 wazza another “Busby Babe” on the way. Happy days matey. If its a boy then Alex and if its a girl then Alex lol.

  21. corzair says:

    Owen very good Guy and player
    Also remember when he was fit one season he just couldn’t get on the pitch – he was on the bench a lot so obviously fit to play – it was just that the main strikers at the time were on fire ie Rooney, Berbatov and Hernandez

  22. Quiza says:

    I like owen. I was glad to see him go neither cos I ddnt warm to him nor cos he was a former kop idle. I just had issues with his fitness problems.


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