Michael Owen, in a move that displays a quite astonishing lack of tact, will once more put on the shirt of Liverpool to play in Jamie Carragher’s testimonial. It’s a controversial move from Little Mickey, and one that he should’ve perhaps given a little more thought to. He’s a Manchester United player now: he shouldn’t be caught dead in a Liverpool shirt.
He’s a signing that hasn’t really endeared himself to the Old Trafford faithful. That late, late goal against City last September was a fantastic moment, and he scored a brilliant hat-trick in Wolfsburg in December, but he’s still a player viewed with a degree of scepticism by the Old Trafford faithful. A free transfer who, prior to signing for United had been linked only with Stoke and Hull, Owen has become more of a symbol of the financially-constrained Glazer age rather than a fan favourite in the red part of Manchester. Throwing on a Liverpool shirt in order to please Jamie Carragher isn’t going to help him any.
The indifference shown to Owen by United fans will probably work in his favour, though: I just don’t think many will care all that much. I doubt his appearance will go down particularly well, however, with the Liverpool fans (Owen seems to have recognised this, by hiring security to escort him to and from the ground). The former Ballon d’Or winner (weird to think, innit?) was given a hostile reception by the Liverpool faithful upon his return to Anfield last season, where he had to endure chants of “where were you in Istanbul?” I’d hazard a guess at in the physio room at the Bernabéu.
Fair play though, he’s showing his face at an important day for his mate. All the same, the reaction he gets when he limps off after doing his hamstring in after 10 minutes will be pretty funny. It’ll give Fergie an excuse not to play him as well: everybody wins. Except for Little Mickey, of course.
Are you a United or Liverpool fan? Do you care about this move in any way? Or is it just a United reserve playing in a friendly?
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