“I’m human,” said Owen. “I’d prefer people to sit down and recognise what you did for them and for the team in years gone past but I’m pretty realistic as well. Now that I’m playing for their local rivals – I’m not holding my breath, put it that way. People talk about loyalty in football, and for a football supporter it’s easy to preach about that. As a father and a brother and a son there’s no-one more loyal than me. But when you’re a player, you’re not a fan. I’ve got to earn a living, provide for my family. I supported Everton as a kid. I never supported Real Madrid, but I played for them. It’s a job opportunity, just like anyone else’s work. The longer you’re at a team, if the fans make you feel welcome and the players take to you, then you build an affinity. So now obviously I look for Real Madrid results and Newcastle results, but it doesn’t make me any less loyal to Manchester United.”




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