Invective direct at Manchester United’s Michael Owen during tomorrow’s clash with Liverpool will not affected the player, according to Sir Alex Ferguson. Owen, who scored 158 goals for Liverpool , is in the United’s squad for the match at Anfield. The striker, jeered on earlier visits to Anfield with Newcastle, left Liverpool for Real Madrid in 2004.
“Everyone wants to be liked but I don’t think so,” Ferguson said at a press conference, Friday.
“He played for Liverpool for over a decade and the goals he scored for them mark him down as one of their best-ever strikers.
“Only Ian Rush [and Roger Hunt and Billy Liddell] got more. That should stand him in good stead with the Liverpool fans but it will be interesting to see what reaction he gets.
“Paul Ince got a bad reception from our fans when he joined Liverpool; Michael may well get that again. But I don’t think it will bother him. He’s got the experience to handle it.”
Owen, who has scored twice for United this season including a 97th minute winner against Manchester City, is likely to start the match on the bench unless Wayne Rooney fails to recover from a calf injury.