Michael Owen admits he should have left Manchester United earlier

On Saturday afternoon, Michael Owen could well feature for new club Stoke City when they face Manchester City, with the 32-year-old looking to finish his playing career with a flourish after several years in the football wilderness.

Michael Owen admits he should have left Manchester United earlier

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September 13th, 2012

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Owen spent most of his stint with Manchester United on the bench, although the Potters have given him a chance to play regular football and the striker admits that he should have left Old Trafford earlier to play more games.

“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,” Owen said.

“In hindsight, probably with that extra year, it might have been better if I had moved in many ways.”

Owen claims that he was keen to sign for Stoke all summer and couldn’t explain why there had been a delay in him arriving at the Britannia Stadium.

Owen said: “I spoke to the manager here a few months ago, so I knew there was a strong possibility that I would come here and I’ll blame him for not making it happen so soon!

“I’m not sure why, but it just dragged on. I was eager to sign straight away.

“There were things I’m not quite sure about that meant there was a delay, but that’s all in the past now, I’m here and I’m excited to start.

“There were a couple of Premier League teams that showed interest, but this is a team on the up, I know the manager and a few of the players and it meant I didn’t have to move my family as well.

“There were loads of things that ticked the boxes and I’m sure I’ve made the right decision.

“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.”

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