You Don't Have To Apologize, Michael
Michael Owen declared that being at Old Trafford was everything you could expect from probably the biggest club in the world. It seems that some over-sensitive scousers have taken it as a sly dig at their club. Bless them, they always think everything's about them.
'I didn't set out to offend anyone,' he explained.
'What I said was, in terms of support, revenue and stadium, Man United are probably the biggest in the world but Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are up there with them in other areas.
'In saying that, I'm sure things I've said at different times over the last 20 years will be dredged up and turned into back-page stories over the next two weeks.'
It's all right, Michael, you don't have to apologize for or explain anything. Don't bring Barcelona and Real Madrid into this; nobody will care. It will be about United and Liverpool. And there's no need to apologize for saying United are the bigger (especially as he didn't actually say that): it's true, obviously. Stadium, fanbase, glamour, prestige, playing squad - you name it, United are bigger and better in every department.
Owen's lucky to be at such a club - the likes of Blackburn and Wigan turned him down in the summer after all. So no surprise that he's full of enthusiasm about United; it's the least we can do after we handed his career a much-needed lifeline.