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United Last Thing On Owen’s Mind Before Sleep

Michael Owen says playing for Manchester United is his priority and he wants to score goals so we win, not so he gets picked for England.

“England is something I don’t really think about,” said Owen. “It is probably something people talk about a lot more than I think about really. The last squad I was in was over a year ago now. I have played for England 89 times and would love to play for them again. But I am concentrating on playing for United. I genuinely go to bed thinking I have got to play well the next day and win games for Manchester United, not that if I score or play well I might get picked for England. One of the draws of coming to a club like Manchester United was the chance to play on big Champions League nights and to play in top Premier League games. It has to be everyone’s dream to play in games like that. It is difficult to win these competitions but it’s our aim to do it and it’s exciting to be part of it.”

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  1. rooninho says:


    fair enough! cheers mate!

  2. Jessie says:

    The thing that sucks about Nani is that I really thought he was gonna turn it up this year. He played really well in the Community Shield in Aug (before he got injured) and I thought that we were going to that star come out of him this season. Who knows now… I still haven’t given up though

  3. Besher says:

    I think nani just needs to know what to do best when he has the ball . He knows how to cross ,shoot,dribble but he seems always to take the wrong decisions which is frustraiting as hell when we are winning and it kills when we are losing.
    Everybody sleeps by the way and yeah it” unoted who comes first for me i guess

  4. Hurdy Gurdy Man says:

    Im sorry that this is off topic but this is exactly why i love this site. I was on red issue and found this post. RoM is a god send if this is what united fans are talkin about. its the first comment

  5. theres only one Keano says:

    Did anyone hear some rumors in the sun torres is out for 2 months. another thing people need to really have a closer look at uniteds teams since 2002 at Stamford bridge. in aug 2002 we were robbed that night on Friday oh yea we pioneered the Friday night kick offs and I think we set a record number of the amount of live games we had god I loved the 02/03 season, on a poll people were so sick of man utd being on live tv which shows we run the damn show. united have only put out 2 quality sides out at Stamford bridge in 7 years that was based to win the game. September 2008 the last time hargreaves played and the teams in 2002 when we won 3 0 and drew 2 2. Look at november 2003 we were defensive, in 2004 we had a depleted side. 2005 we decided to play defensive not even looked to score a goal, april 2006 we had no CM and lost 3 0 the last time someone else lifted the prem other than us, in april 2008 we went defensive again with a half fit Rooney. Here are the teams since aug 2002.

    November 2003
    Howard, Gary Neville,Ferdinand, Silvestre, O’Shea, Giggs, Keane, Phil Neville Fortune Forlan, van Nistelrooy. Subs (Kleberson 77), (Ronaldo 72),

    August 2004
    Howard, Gary Neville, Keane, Silvestre O’Shea, Djemba-Djemba Fortune Miller Giggs, Scholes, Smith
    subs (Forlan 73), (Richardson 84 (Bellion 84),
    January 2005

    Howard, Phil Neville, Silvestre, O’Shea, Heinze, Ronaldo, Fletcher, Djemba-Djemba Fortune, Saha, Rooney. Subs (Smith 90) (Scholes 61)

    April 2006
    Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Silvestre, Ronaldo O’Shea, Giggs, Park, Rooney, Saha
    Subs (Richardson 73) (van Nistelrooy 64), (Evra 82)

    May 2007
    Kuszczak, Lee, Brown, O’Shea, Heinze, Eagles, Smith, Fletcher, Richardson, Solskjaer, Dong
    subs (Rooney 73) (Carrick 65),

    april 2008
    Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Silvestre, Fletcher, Carrick, Anderson, Nani, Rooney Giggs
    subs (Ronaldo 63), (O’Shea 65), (Hargreaves 14),

    anyone notice during these games we have hardly set up any side when Chelsea have fielded their strongest and more deeper squads during these different time frames bar 2007 and 2008 sides when we were better, we had no chance of winning when we were at times severely under strengthe and when we have put out stronger sides we have come close to winning like the screw job in 002 when scholes should have had a pen and September 2008 when we were by far the better side. yes it was a hile since we won there but people need to take into context the sides we faced has one of the reasons why we have not won there often, its not been chelsea been hard its been united under strength. oh yea ronaldo twice appeared in the starting 11.

  6. Besher says:

    Ahhh Djemba-djemba

  7. rooninho says:

    @only one keano

    that explains alot, thanks for the team sheets.

    i could not believe the may 2007 team! must be a carling cup match, i thought…

    ha!!! now i remember!

    mourniho, are ya listenin’, you better keep the trophy glistenin’….

    job already done. champions! champions! champions! too bad that squad was too small and knackered to do the double that season, but united got their revenge the next year in moscow if i remember correctly.

    2004 lists only ten players instead of eleven. ruud missing perhaps?

  8. sam the kenyan red says:
    it clearly shows how this wankers rely on this can your best player be injured and facing a two months layoff and yet you force him to play in a rugged league in france?????….exetuce me!!!!

  9. Corea says:

    @ theres only one Keano

    you are God ! )) and you’ve done Scott’s bit )) tnx bro.

  10. Always Be Closing says:

    @Drew Vader – Tosic can’t start because he’s not in the Champion’s League 25. Same with most of the youngsters that are up and coming. Macheda and Obertan are good, from what I remember.

    Can’t wait for tonight though, hopefully will be seeing a totally changed side (from Saturday) in the North Stand. :D

  11. Hurdy Gurdy Man says:

    Dong fangzou. What happened to him?

  12. kel says:

    Actually in Asia a lot of people like saying man united as man u. It’s not a form of disgrace for the club but it’s like easier to say. What to matter most is the club they had in mind.

    @Hurdy Gurdy Man
    I think he is sold. Not sure why didn’t see him anymore.

  13. Redhot Concepts says:

    no way in hell its fine in Asia. we dont use that term. only clueless n ‘bandwagoners’ use it.

  14. theres only one Keano says:

    HAHA flatered there, but scot to the build up to the chelsea game I hope he highlights this huge misleading stat has the reason why we have not won there much is because we have put out weakened sides. only once have united put out a strong out fit in 7 years, you could say 3 if we count the 2002 outfits. but since then only once in 7 years and we almost won that game but I am repeating myself.

    sam the kenyan red
    if torres moved to united in summer 2007 I think he would be in far better physical shape, benitez has burnt out this outstanding striker who at times looks a shadow echo of his former self of the player that was brilliant in his first season. he has relied on him far too much and not signed another striker and now the chickens have come home to roost for the fat waiter.

  15. King Eric says:

    theres only one Keano – Absolutely bang on about Torres. It will come out in the next few days that he will be on the sidelines for a few weeks. Mark my words.

  16. theres only one Keano says:

    King Eric
    I don’t hate Torres that belongs to diouf and Barton, but for me it’s a crying shame that this fantastic striker never played with Rooney and ronaldo what a pairing and trio they would have been, and trained and shown the ways and the quality of the greatest manager ever in Ferguson but went too one of the worse managers in Europe and played at a club who are on a decline and a manager who knows has much has a player has Stevie wonder, benitez for me ruins players careers that’s a fact. fergie who could have showed torres the ways of becoming a great player and more just has much as benitez has done who has had very little impact on torres career oh he has burnt out Torres and more.

    Torres deep down must be kicking himself he moved to Liverpool and not united because like Rooney you do not rely on Torres because they are part of a team not the team because Torres has not got the physical endurance of a 50 game season now unlike 2 or 3 years ago, or has he got the variety of play and fitness of cristiano ronaldo who fergie like Rooney has eased them into the team and now they are on top of their game physicaly has well has the teqnical quality’s. I think torres would be playing week in week out now at united because one thing fergie will never do is rely on a player to the point where he is willing to cripple a player to get a result.

    benitez and real madrid go hand in hand they ruin players careers and for me benitez has almost ruined Fernando Torres career or has already which is a shame because I hate potential great players get ruined well not so much when they are at Liverpool because we get to laugh at them even more. Yes Torres has become a top goal scorer since moving to Liverpool but at what price plus what has he won nothing.

  17. Union Jack says:

    Lol@ hurdy gurdy mannani are you ok?are you ok?are you ok nani?

  18. red_boy says:

    Redhot Concepts…

    obviously for those who knw the meaning behind “man u” would find it pissing off if any of us use the term to refer it to man united… but we cant really blame em’ if they dont know… trust me my friend, im from an asian country and i can assure you that many of us are starting to know and being aware bout it…

  19. Hurdy Gurdy Man says:

    King eric and keano

    I actually like torres. Think he a fantastic player. Some of the goals hesscored this season are borderline ridiculous. It seems that he not content with just scoring anymore, wants to make a complete arse out of the opposition. i can only resemble them to 5-a-side astro turf goals. Agree completely that he would have been far better off at united. Said the exact same thing of Micheal Owen 10 years ago. Imagine ronaldo rooney and torres. that would have rivaled charlton law and best.

  20. theres only one Keano says:

    Hurdy Gurdy Man
    I disagree on torres this season he is nowhere near the player of 2 years ago and like I said benitez is real madrid in the flesh he ruins players career how many top players has he found exactly.


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