Owen played for Manchester United in the twilight of his career, but unfortunately suffered with injury for much of his time at Old Trafford. In the Sir Alex book the legendary manager addresses Owen’s time at United, and how he feels a move to Manchester United at the tender age of 12 might have prolonged his curtailed career.
Fergie believes that Owen did not get enough rest and proper treatment with Liverpool as a teen, and that this was one of the major reasons why he struggled with injuries throughout his career.
Owen however disagrees with that assertion, and said that he does not regret saying no to Fergie:
I was 12 years old in Sir Alex Ferguson’s office when he looked me straight in the eye and said: “Do you want to play for Man United?” The answer was no, because my heart was in Liverpool at that time.
And he is not the only person who doesn’t regret the decision to not become a United player.
Stan Collymore has also revealed his close call with United in 1995. The player was banging in the goals for Nottingham Forest and Ferguson wanted a replacement for Mark Hughes - so began to discuss a potential move.
Speaking in his blog with the Bleacher Report UK he said:
As for Fergie's interest in signing me, it was real, and United aggressively approached Nottingham Forest. Looking back, I'm glad I went to Liverpool because Robbie Fowler and I combined for 55 goals in a season and countless assists, but I would have loved to work with Fergie.
In the end United signed Andy Cole that year, and in the same regard to Michael Owen - many will say that a move to United and working under Ferguson might have been the best thing for Collymore, and perhaps he would have continued his excellent start to his career.
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