Stoke striker Owen reveals he stayed too long at Man Utd

Michael Owen believes he spent a year too many at Manchester United, insisting that he should have left Old Trafford before this summer, the BBC has reported.

Owen signed a one-year contract with Stoke City earlier this month after his contract with United expired at the end of last season. The former England forward was looking to leave United in 2011 but was convinced to stay the extra year by Sir Alex Ferguson, but a season of only four appearances followed, causing Owen to regret his decision.

A thigh injury hampered Owen’s chances of playing more regularly and he was unable to play between November and the final fixtures of the season, but the 32-year-old still feels he can contribute at the highest level.

Owen scored 17 goals in 52 United appearances, having moved to Manchester from Newcastle United in 2009. Starting his career at Liverpool, Owen bagged 158 goals in 297 games at Anfield, then moved to Real Madrid in 2004.

He spent only a year in Spain but scored 14 goals in 40 appearances before switching to Newcastle, where he managed 79 games and 30 goals in four years.

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