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Owen: No-One Is More Loyal Than Me

Michael Owen will not shy away from celebrating at Anfield if he happens to score goal which, between us, is a grossly improbable event. Of course he, unlike Tevez, does not harbour delusions about how his former fans would treat him upon his return.

'I am human. I would prefer people to sit down and recognise what you did for them and for the team in years gone past.

'But I am pretty realistic as well and now that I am playing for their arch rivals....I am not holding my breath, put it that way.'

'People talk about loyalty in football. It is easy for a football supporter to preach about that. 'As a father, brother and son, there is no-one more loyal than me.

'But when you are a player, you are not a fan. I have got to earn a living, provide for my family. It is a job opportunity, just like anyone else's work.'


It was a job opportunity he could not turn down, considering that Hull had looked the most likely suitor before Sir Alex made his move. His loyalty to Liverpool can't be really brought into this, if we try to be a little objective (which no one does when it's Liverpool v Manchester United, of course). How he acted in 2004, that's another matter entirely.

But let's not kid ourselves: even without that fairly despicable piece of business with Real Madrid, he would be a hate figure just because he signed for us. That's Liverpool v Manchester United, there's no getting round that fact. Yes, it is a job - but we fans do not like to hear this, especially as there are still a few footballers who are real fans, Gary Neville the most obvious example. We cling onto the example of these players and refuse to accept that for most players it works so, so differently.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 19 2009

Time: 7:15PM

Your Comments

Bad news mate its a job get used to it.
dannybhoy46
what a load of hogwash Owen speaks!
Merlin
Just like the crap Tevez spouted about joining Man City then eh
niteworlok
Tevez may be deluded, but at least he trusted Man Utd fans, and believed that they understood the true reason why he leaved Man Utd (of course not about money like the media said, it was about bad treatment from Man Utd's "cheapskate" policy i.e. tried everything to buy him cheap). But it turned out, most fans were as stupid as you, Zae. Tevez trusted the fans, but the fans booed him, ironic huh? When a person trusts you, you boo him, it is betrayal to him.
windleaf
Man Utd tried to buy Tevez cheap simply because they knew Tevez wanted to stay. Thus they took advantage of his "loyalty to stay" as a "bargaining chip" to lower the price. But his price was not cheap, thus they did "funny things" to try to lower his price. If Tevez played significant role again in 2008/2009 like he did in 2007/2008, his price would definitely shoot up. Man Utd didn't want that to happen, so they did the opposite: lower his significance. How? Used him mostly as sub, played him less in EPL and Champions League etc. This could be THE TRUTH. But you people chose not to believe it. Money is always the obvious reason but may not be the true reason. Just that Man City showed their sincerity (and money as well) and Man Utd showed lack of sincerity (and perhaps lack of money) to sign him. But you see the money, completely forget about the sincerity. Sincerity is the most deciding factor here. But I know most of these fans don't even care, what can I say?
windleaf
Thought City didn't matter to the yernited fans, so can't understand why they'd be so upset to see Tevez sign for us. Plus, I've been told on numerous occasions that he's rubbish by reds fans, so I guess that makes their hatred of him all the stranger. Or perhaps Tevez isn't as bad as you rags make out and City do matter?
fifthcolumnblue
P.S. Anyone posted this article on Vital Newcastle yet? Could be quite interesting to hear their take on how "loyal" little Mikey Owen is!
fifthcolumnblue
Liverpool and Newcastle United fans might disagree. I think that Niteworlock maybe under the impression that Merlin is a City fan when he is in actual fact a Chelsea supporter - I don't know how City got brought into this debate otherwise.
Kevinho
Once a manc, never a Red. End of story. He will be injured on Sunday anyway.
KB1
Michael Owen is not loyal to anyone but himself. I do think he was driven out of liverpool rather than choosing to leave. Thats ancient history now, I don't expect him to be at United for more than 2 years, and he's only come here because he knows he's got the best chance of making the England squad. I still do hope he scores the winning goal or hat trick in front of the kop but doubt it will happen.
NotoriousRedDevil
 

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