14th of September 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Former England international striker Michael Owen says regrets spending last season at Manchester United before being released this summer. The former England forward, now aged 32, signed a one-year contract at Stoke last week. Owen was urged to stay at Old Trafford by Sir Alex Ferguson a year ago but then went on to make just four first-team appearances for the team in 2011-12.
"In hindsight, probably with that extra year, it might have been better if I had moved in many ways," he said. "I was on the bench a lot of the time, but then when the manager says 'you have a big role to play and we want you to stay for another year', it was great to hear that from someone like Sir Alex Ferguson."
Michael Owen's career started on a high note in 1996 at Liverpool, where he scored 158 goals in 297 games until 2004. Then he moved to Real Madrid for just one season, scoring 14 goals in 40 appearances. He then returned to England, joining Newcastle, but he managed just 79 appearances and 30 goals in four years before joining Manchester United. Owen has 89 caps and 40 goals for England.
Michael Owen could make his Stoke debut against Manchester City on Saturday - a team he scored a dramatic winner against for Manchester United in September 2009. "I want to perform and I want to finish my career on a real high. I'm still only 32 and I still feel as if I have a lot left in me. I've always scored goals, no matter what team I have been in, so as long as I can stay fit and healthy, then I'm sure I can do that here at Stoke."
Bet365 have Michael Owen 10/3 to score against Manchester City on Saturday and 10/1 to score either the first or the last goal of the match.
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