Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher took umbrage with his former teammate's comment about Manchester United.
Michael Owen, working as a co-commentator for BT Sport, said he still retains an affection for the Red Devils, who signed him at the start of the 2009/10 season.
He had his moments at Old Trafford, a goal in the League Cup final, a winner against Manchester City, and hat-trick in the Champions League, but injuries and competition for places saw him eventually released.
Just heard Michael Owen say he's still got a soft spot for Man Utd!! Thought he'd have that out of his system by now.— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 3, 2015
Owen left Liverpool in 2004 to join Real Madrid, and at that stage joining Manchester United one day seemed unfathomable for a player who had come through the academy at Anfield.
He left Real after one season to join Newcastle, before his switch to Old Trafford.
Despite famously winning the 2002 FA Cup at Liverpool, along with two League Cups, one UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup, by joining the Red Devils, his Anfield legacy is automatically remembered less fondly than the likes of one club men Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher himself, and it's hard to imagine the defender was not a little disappointed that Owen did not rejoin Liverpool rather than their rivals when he did.