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Owen hurt by criticism

18 Jul 2009 22:24:09

Owen hurt by criticism

Manchester United striker Michael Owen concedes he is hurt by criticism for his time at Newcastle United. While The Magpies are contemplating life in the Championship, Owen is looking forward to a season with the Premier League champions following his free transfer switch to Old Trafford. Owen has been blasted for his role in Newcastle's inability to retain their top-flight status, although the 29-year-old marksman feels most of the comments are unfair. The former Real Madrid and Liverpool ace is unhappy his personal life has been thrown into the fray, whereas if he had been successful on the pitch those elements would have been in the positive column. "You learn to understand the reaction but if you do step back, you think it is strange or unfair," he said. "When you are being relegated, nobody is interested in listening to you. But I knew it was all to do with me not scoring. "If you don't score and you don't win, you are wrong to have a helicopter and fly home each week to see your kids. You are wrong to have a business outside of football. You are wrong to plan for the future. "If the goals had been going in I would have been a great lad, popping home to see my three kids and be a family man on a Tuesday after training. I would have been thoughtful and innocent little things would not be misrepresented."


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