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Owen Won’t Be Retiring Despite Leaving United

After joining Manchester United, Michael Owen was full of praise for the club and claimed that if he couldn’t finish his career here, he wouldn’t take a step down.

“As long as I’m wanted at a good level I will play on, but part of that is in my hands and part isn’t,” Owen said this time last year. “I’ll wait to see what the manager says on that. If it happens, great, we’ll talk about it. If not, I’ll try to stay at a high level. I wouldn’t drop out of the Premier League. I want to stay at the top level or look at other markets, but I have four children and they’re settled in school and that’s something to weigh up.”

Finally, after yet another disappointing injury for Owen thanks to injuries, United are releasing the striker at the end of the season. Owen has claimed he isn’t looking to retire though.

“I am only 32,” he said. “I might look a bit older than that but obviously looking at the likes of Scholesy and Giggsy it doesn’t half fill you with a lot of motivation and confidence that they are playing into their mid-to-late thirties and I still feel as if I am reasonably young. When I wake up my body feels good even though I have had a few injuries. I don’t wake up with sore joints or anything like that. At 32 I definitely owe it to myself to still have two or three years and hopefully play a bit more for somebody else.”

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  1. Fred says:

    Joking, of course. ;) Owen’s a veritable League Cup Legend though, it must be said. Like when he scored to help the scousers beat us in 2003. Nice one Mike!

  2. Sparkz says:

    I don’t think Fergie planned for the striker on the bench to “never play a part” lol.

    The way the game panned out, another striker wouldn’t have made a difference, it was lost in midfield. Had we been piling on pressure, I’m sure Owen would’ve come on to sniff out a chance.

    As I said, I’d have had both of them on the bench. But if there was only room for one….look at it from the Gaffer’s point of view. Owen was more suited to that style of game (Barca’s pressing game would’ve nullifed Berba…..Owen, like Chicharito could at least get in behind their high line). And Owen was more likely to perform in a big game.

  3. Fred says:

    Uh-oh, red rag to a bull that last comment…

  4. redevil_83 says:

    whose gonna be our new #7?

  5. Costas says:

    Hopefully Nani. Seems like the best option to me.

  6. Fred says:


  7. Sparkz says:

    You’d think Valencia or Nani but Valencia isn’t commercial enough for number 7 (you can laugh but its taken into account)..and Nani probably won’t want the whole Ronaldo comparison. Hopefully these rumours about him going are rubbish btw.

  8. Fred says:

    Sparkz, there is no doubt that the commercial aspect of unveiling a new #7 is almost as important as giving it to a player who won’t be intimidated by the honour. The latter is clearly the reason that Tony V wasn’t given the shirt in 2009, imho.

    Kagawa fits the #7 profile in terms of talent and commercial potential. 8)

  9. Fred says:

    Or Hazard of course, who we’re signing tomorrow for £45m. :roll:

  10. redevil_83 says:

    our #7s have all been entertainers over the years. should go to nani on that basis imo. the rumour about contract stalls are just rubbish imo. not too long back nani said he was almost done finalizing new contract and was really looking forward to more years at united.

  11. Costas says:

    There’s another Portuguese that could wear the number 7 shirt…

  12. Fred says:

    Costas – I smell what you’re cooking.

    Come home, number 7 8)

  13. Costas says:


    :) If that happens, I doubt anyone will ever complain about Owen getting the number 7 shirt again..

  14. safichan says:

    thanks for that wonder winning goal vs citeh at OT…it always the greatest derby win ever…

  15. safichan says:

    personally i like no.7 be given to valencia…he deserve it…

  16. TheCANTONA says:

    Goodbye owen. It was shame u couldnt do much more at United.
    Thanks for memories.
    UTD! UTD! UTD!

  17. Fred says:

    Denise Williams, a penny for your thoughts…

  18. Nawaaz Casoojee says:

    Michael Owen is a great striker and its really unfortunate that he has become one of them players whose career has been halted by injuries. He has done relatively well at United,and although he may have spent more time in the doctors office then on the pitch,he still has a decent record at United.
    He is 32 years of age which presumebly means that the next club he signs for will probably be his last stint as a footballer. The reality is that Owen is not fit enough to play week in week out,but he can still be a usefull weapon as a substitute who can come on in the last 20minutes or so and get you goals. I don’t see him moving to a big club but I could see Owen joining perhaps a Tottenham Hotspurs or a club like Sunderland or Fulham where he could do a job.

  19. Albert Ross says:

    Denise is considering her options, while Michael considers his.

  20. Denise Williams says:

    Fred don’t bring me into you anti Owen tirade. Personally I stand by everything I have said as I do not think Fergie gave Owen or Berbatov a fair go. However Owen and Berbatov both behaved in a very professional way and never moaned or threw their toys out of the pram unlike some footballers have. Perhaps you would prefer it if they had. However it is clear you simply never accepted Owen because he played for Liverpool. That to me is a bit pathetic as who they once played for should never come into it. I wish both Owen and Berbatov all the very best as I happen to admire their professionalism.


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