Michael Owen has defended his time at Manchester United and thinks there’s still at least two more years left in his career, despite his various injury problems.
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid hit man was speaking at his stables in Cheshire and reckons that his time at United has been a success regardless of the amount of games he’s missed.
The Mirror notes, Owen stated:
“I must admit, I don’t think I am going to be one of the players who is still playing when they are 37 or 38 like Ryan,” said Owen.
“But I certainly think I still have another two or three years left in me.
“I listen to players in the dressing room; some players are struggling to get out of bed and complain about their knees or Achilles.
“I honestly can’t resonate with them. I never get any pains like that.
“It is probably strange for people to hear that because they know I am injured.
“But joint-wise I feel great. I feel as though I can play, it’s just when I get injuries, they always seem to be bad ones.
“My body feels as though it can play and my mind wants to and the aim is to keep going for at least another couple of years.”
“I know what I want to do,” he said.
“If you say certain things they can get misconstrued but I have not lost the passion to be playing more often.
“In life, you have to make hard decisions. I have made some good ones and some bad, but in general terms I am pretty proud of my career.
“I still think I have another two or three years but where that will be is a question that the manager would be better placed to answer.
“I am exactly the same situation I was last year.”
“Regardless what happens, you will never hear me grumbling about the privilege of playing at a top club like Manchester United,” said Owen.
“I have had some cracking moments. I have scored in cup finals, got the winner against Manchester City, scored a hat-trick in the Champions League and won the league.
“I am not concerned about what is around the corner.”
Most United fans would probably expect to see Owen leave in the Summer and I doubt too many would be sad to see him leave. Despite THAT derby goal and his other cameos, there’s no denying his time at Old Trafford has been far too injury ravaged.
Sir Alex Ferguson seems to rate him very highly though, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays for at least one more year.