Michael Owen does not feel he should apologize for joining Manchester United in 2009. Saying his former club, Liverpool, did not want to bring him back to Anfield.
The 2001 Ballon d’Or winner Owen returned to English football by joining Newcastle United from Real Madrid in 2005. With the Reds not showing interest in returning him to the club.
Four years later, Owen had decided to end a memorable period at Newcastle. But Liverpool again neglected the possibility of returning him to the club.
The then coach Rafa Benitez had asked for other strikers. Opening the door to the old rival, United, to grab a proven goal scorer.
“I was leaving Newcastle and the first thing I did was call Carra (Jamie Carragher) and tell him to talk to Rafa Benitez. Carra called me later and said ‘no, he will buy another striker’. I think it was David Ngog. What should I have done at that moment. My manager talked to every club on the planet to see what the chances were.” Owen told the BBC.
“My options were Hull City, Everton and Manchester United. I imagined going to Everton, they would hate me. Going to Man United would hate me, too. ”he added.
“Of course I first thought of going to Liverpool even when I heard that Man United wanted me. But Liverpool didn’t like me and that was my chance. I said to myself, ‘wow, Manchester United are in the Champions League, I know a lot of the players there. It was a great transfer for me. “, he continued.
“I was very surprised and very happy that Manchester United asked me. At a time when I was taking steps back as a player in my mind but the English champion wanted to have me on the team. I was very happy when they asked me ” he said.