Owen happy to be kept out by Rooney

23 Feb 2010 by Lewis Doe in News

Manchester United's Wayne RooneyManchester United striker, Michael Owen, has admitted that he will be happy to sit on the bench for as long as Wayne Rooney keeps up his good performances.

Rooney has been arguably in the best form of his left so far in the Premier League. He has a healthy return of goals and has taken up the role of being the most important player at the club since the departure of some Portuguese bloke to Real Madrid in the summer.

Owen insists that he is not getting cold feet at his prospects of making a last bid to get into the England World Cup squad for the summer. He says that for as long as Rooney keeps playing well then he cannot complain about not getting into the team.

Owen said: “Unfortunately for me, yes, because it means I get less time, but he’s fantastic. He is as he comes across — a local scally really that’s come good. He’s a cracking lad and a cracking player. A lot of people relate to him, the way he plays. That’s why he’s so popular — the England fans sing his name, the United fans sing his name.”

“He’s been absolutely fantastic, his finishing is unbelievable, and his general play — if he continues this, he will be one of the world’s best.”

“It’s been a long time since I was in the England squad. You never give up but it’s probably a long shot in racing terms. It’s been great, whenever I’m called upon, I’m fit and ready. Of course you want to play a bit more but I’ve had some cracking times already at United.”

Many criticised Owen when he decided to make the move to United, saying that he was taking the easy way out as opposed to trying to break into the starting line up of a smaller team and nail down his place.

However, you cannot really blame him for snapping the hand off of Sir Alex Ferguson when the Scot enquired about his services. One thing Owen does have is plenty of experience, which at times is something United have not had.

Owen is still a very good goal scorer as well and warrants a place in the team. United team members have said that the former Liverpool man looks deadly when they play in training and that when he is asked to do a job he is straining to get off of the leash.

How long Rooney can keep his current run of form going is unknown. Owen will be ready to step in and take his chance when it is given to him. His reaction when he scored the winner against Manchester City at Old Trafford proves he is still playing with the energy and enthusiasm of a little boy.

Rooney and Owen have not played that much together so far at United but there could be a point in the near future when they do. Owen will have to learn to adapt to Rooney’s game if he wants to play football more regularly.


Heskey could opt out of Villa

12 Oct 2009 by Lewis Doe in Aston Villa

emile-heskey-jpgEmile Heskey says that he may be forced to move from Aston Villa in order to keep his hopes of playing at the World Cup alive. Heskey has not been able to have a significant impact at Villa Park, due to his inconsistent starting place in the team.

Martin O’Neill brought him to Aston Villa with the aspirations of helping him find the form that he showed when he was a Liverpool regular and terrorising defences with Michael Owen.

Heskey has also been in and out of Fabio Capello’s England side and many have started saying that unless he bucks up his ideas very quickly then he will miss out on a chance to seal a place on the plan to South Africa.

He said: “I’m happy to be playing for England and, obviously, not playing at club level is difficult. It’s something I will have to look at when I get back and try to address it.”

“That’s what I mean. I will have to sit down and think about my next move. I don’t know whether I can get a World Cup place if I’m not playing for Villa. The manager [Capello] hasn’t really spoken to me about it. I just have to keep performing well in training and keep going. But you always wonder about those kind of things, whether it will affect my chances. I will just have to try to address it when the time is right.”

“I’m never going to give up. It’s just another hurdle I have to get over. I just have to try and keep my spirits up at Villa. I must keep going, keep training hard and then just try to address it. We will see what happens. But you would have to ask the manager [O’Neill] why I’m not playing.”

Heskey’s options are very simple. If he wants a move from Villa then he can submit a request in late December and make himself available for the January window. However. This is very risky.

If he lets it out that he wants to go before December then he could end up being shunned by all connected to Villa. If January comes and goes and no one wants him then Heskey is forced to stay at a club that he has stated he does not want to be at.

He must be praised for showing such ambition and want but he needs to step very carefully to cover his tracks.


Owen ups stakes

07 Oct 2009 by Lewis Doe in Liverpool

michael-owen-jpgMichael Owen has upped the stakes ahead of Manchester United’s future game with Liverpool. Owen has said that United are the biggest club in the world, which will not go down well with Liverpool fans that saw Owen forge his career on Anfield.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to give Owen a chance in a United shirt does not seem to have been a bad one just yet, even though the player is struggling with another injury.

What will not go down well with Liverpool fans is that Owen, a Liverpool legend, even considered a move to United in the first place. His comments are sure to fire up the passion of many fans who will be expecting Liverpool to up their game after some disappointing results.

Owen said: “It’s fantastic, everything you would expect of a top, top team. It’s probably the biggest club in the world. Everything right down to the kit man and the canteen girls through to the manager, it is just first class.”

“The older you get, the more you get to learn your body. A couple of years ago I would have carried on playing, pulled something and been out for a couple of months, or a few weeks at least. But I felt something coming and if I’d continued I think I would have pulled my groin so I came off just before it happened and instead of three or four weeks it was three or four days.”

If United are going to succeed on more than one front this season then they will need Owen to play his part. The trick will be keeping him free from regular injuries that he now seems prone to and if the club can do this then they have the poacher that they have been missing ever since Ru ud Van Nistelrooy went to join Real Madrid.

Owen has already done a large part in making himself an Old Trafford by scoring a winner against Manchester City in injury time of one of the best derbies in recent memory. It was just what United needed to lift the side after a dodgy display and if he can do it again in another important match they will love him for a long time.

Owen seems to know that he is lucky to have been given a contract at United when he could easily have ended up at a Hull or Stoke City. The point that someone showed such faith in him seems to be something he will never forget.