i wonder how kopites receive the news of michael owen signing with manchester united, as well as how red devil fans welcome him. personally, i don’t feel joy for sure and i shall, with nothing better to do, explore why i turn my back against my former favorite player.
my positive feelings for him started to ebb away since the end of last season when he complained (so) much about the team. the newcastle utd situation was in dire straight, we were all aware. i thought he should be more spirited, even more gracious, to handle things better to prove that he was part of the team, not just a player waiting for his paycheck each week. bitching about it never makes anything better but worse.
i, not for once, had any issues of him leaving liverpool for real madrid. it was the same level of respect i had had for macca. it was also perfectly understood when he joined newcastle, the only english club willing to break a bank to bring him back to british soil. from what i saw on tv, the reception he had when back at anfield in toon jersey was love and admiration. i wonder whether that same atmosphere will happen again when he steps on the pitch in that ugly red devil jersey.
the deal looks reasonable. despite myself, sir alex is a top manager. despite the injury that plagues owen for years, sir alex must surely see what owen can bring to the club. once owen was handed a deal to play with a big club, it was nearly impossible to refuse.
with that being said, my pretentious understanding can’t go on any further. i don’t want to accept that loyalty no longer exists in professional football, that it is ok for a red to join his archrival. owen can play for other club, any club. there must be other offers pouring in, where he can play week in week out – if he’s not injured – instead of being a glorified sub at man utd. how can he emerge through those players and find a place for himself? does he really prefer being small fish in big pond to big fish in small pond? maybe it’s the brand. perhaps adding this brand to his resume gains him back some self esteem he deprives for quite some time. perhaps michael owen turns into a w or simply becomes desperate.
more often than not i am wrong about lots of things. i will humbly admit my wrong perception towards owen should any evidences present themselves to contradict the previous. when it comes to sense and sensibility, my sense prevails and speaks aloud. it will be some time before i restore my faith in owen, if ever. in the mean time, i have nothing but disdain for man utd. michael owen is a man utd. this equation is rather obvious.