Michael Owen explains why he played for both Liverpool and Manchester United

Michael Owen explains why he played for both Liverpool and Manchester United

Former England striker Michael Owen has explained why he played for both Manchester United and Liverpool despite the rivalry between the two clubs.

Owen has been giving snippets of his new book 'Reboot' and the trend has continued this weekend where he again discussed his move to the United and the fallout which came with that.

"Football is a job. A very special job and a privileged job, but it is still a job for the players and the managers involved in it.

"Obviously, fans who have a real passion for their club don't see it in that light and that's where the problems can start, especially in an age when social media gives people access to reach you.

"Fans never change their colors and we all understand that. It is their life, it is their passion, but they will change jobs from time to time in their careers and they don't see that as betraying their former employer.

Similar Moves

"These people who criticize you probably make similar moves in their careers. They might move from Barclays Bank to Lloyds Bank or from Sainsbury's to Tesco and they are not accused of being disloyal.

"If a footballer moves from their club, these same people have a very different view. They accuse the player of lacking loyalty, of being a mercenary and yet the reality is, this is someone moving from one job to another, often with the aim of bettering themselves professionally and to look after their family.

Owen began his career at Liverpool only to leave for Real Madrid in 2004 before returning to England with Newcastle and then subsequently joining United.

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