Michael Owen: Wayne Rooney Should Have Taken Penalty against Fenerbahce

Michael Owen has slammed striker Wayne Rooney for allowing Paul Pogba to take the penalty in the recent Europa League game against Fenerbahce.

Rooney was recalled to the starting line-up after an extended absence. He had a great opportunity to move closer to Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals for Manchester United whenUnited were given a penalty. As the club’s designated penalty taker, Rooney was expected to step up and score with aplomb. This, however, was not the case as the striker allowed Paul Pogba to take the penalty instead.


Former Three Lions forward Michael Owen revealed why he moved to Manchester United in 2009.

There were lots of links for a return to his former club Liverpool but it never happened as he joined the Red Devils instead.

Kouyate will score against Chelsea

Michael Owen believes that West Ham will have a go at Chelsea for their first game of the new season, and he has backed their midfielder CheikhouKouyate to score against them.

He said that many people are expecting Chelsea to have an easy game, but it will not be the case on Monday. He said that the Premier League is more competitive than ever and that Chelsea will have to be on their guard if they want to come out of the game with a point.

Michael Owen enjoys Jose Mourinho ambitions

One of the things that frustrated Michael Owen the most about Manchester United’s previous manager Louis van Gaal is his lack of ambition as the Dutch coach was satisfied with just qualifying for a European competition and settling with either the 4th or 5th spot of the Premier League with no real desire to aim for something higher.

However, in the opening press conference of Jose Mourinho as the newly appointed manager of Manchester United, the Portuguese coach has clearly stated that he does not want to do the same as Louis van Gaal, he is not satisfied with the 4th spot and wants to push for something bigger and better.

Michael Owen voices his thoughts concerning England and Northern Ireland

The 2016 Euro’s has kicked off in full force and Michael Owen expressed his opinion in relation to the English national side and Northern Ireland.

According to the former Manchester United player, Northern Ireland will finish at the bottom of their group as they just don’t have what it takes to snatch good results.

Northern Ireland is competing in Group C along with Ukraine, Germany and Poland. The Irish outfit has played 2 matches and sustained 1 while also securing 1 victory. They are going through a better campaign than Ukraine which has suffered 2 successive defeats from their opening matches.


Liverpool Ambassador Michael Owen has predicted that The Reds will lift the Europa League this season as they play Spanish side, Sevilla FC.

History suggests that Liverpool will move past Sevilla. Liverpool reached six semi finals in this competition and on each occasion they have progressed, they have gone on to win the trophy (1973, 1976 and 2001). However, Sevilla boast of an even more impressive record, having reached the final four times and won all of them (2006, 2007, 2014 and 2015).

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United need summer signings

The Premier League race has already finished as Leicester City came out on top and were crowned as the champions of England but the season still has not finished as there are teams which are competing trying to gather as many points as possible in order to avoid the bottom relegation zone while there are others that are attempting to snatch a Champions League spot or a Europa League one.

Manchester United still have a chance to snatch a Champions League position but even if they do manage to achieve this mission, this season still appears to be an underwhelming one for Louis van Gaal and his team as they were knocked out from the League Cup and from the Europa League.

The only piece of silverware that Manchester United can lift in this season is the FA Cup but they will have to overcome Crystal Palace in the finals on May 21st.

Michael Owen suggests to Jurgen Klopp that he should focus on Europa League

Former Liverpool player Michael Owen unveiled his thoughts concerning how things have been going out for Jurgen Klopp and what the German coach should concentrate on doing for the remainder of the season.

Michael Owen recommended Jurgen Klopp to forget about the Premier League and attempt to allocate all of his resources in way that could help Liverpool in lifting the Europa League which might be the only piece of silverware that Klopp secures in his debut season as the manager of Liverpool.

Michael Owen on Ryan Giggs at Manchester United

Michael Owen believes that Ryan Giggs will leave Manchester United if ever Jose Mourinho becomes the next manager.

Some pundits have pointed out that Giggs should be the next Manchester United manager because he knows the club inside out. But there are reports that Manchester United might have a tacit agreement with the Portuguese to manage the Red Devils next season.

However, Michael Owen believes that the task at hand can be beyond Giggs ability at the moment. He told the media that Giggs can one day manage the Red Devils but for the time being the team needs an experienced manager to take them out of their current problems. He believes that Mourinho has the necessary talent to put United back on track. He did not think that Giggs will stay as Mourinhoassistant and that he will be better off learning at another club.

Michael Owen expects Barcelona to increase the misery on Arsenal

Michael Owen expects Barcelona to increase the misery on Arsenal by getting another victory in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Catalan club have already secured a 2-0 advantage from the first leg. Those two away goals coupled with the victory mean that their passage into the next round is virtually confirmed. Barcelona have been the strongest team in European football for the last five years and Arsenal have underperformed heavily during this same period. Such differences in quality is likely to tell in the second leg according to Owen.


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