Michael Owen announced that he will retire from club football this week after a 17 year career that saw him play for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester United and England.
The 33-year-old striker was at one point the European Football of the Year but persistent injuries marred his longevity in the game.
Reflecting on his career in an interview with the BBC, Owen admitted that he would have had more medals and probably a longer career if he had joined Manchester United instead of Liverpool when he was a teenager.
When asked whether he would have had a longer career at Manchester United, Owen said:
“If you want an honest answer, then it is probably a yes.
“I had the choice to join Manchester United when I was a kid but I chose Liverpool.
“Yes, I could be playing a bit longer, might have had a few more medals in a pocket but who knows? I would not swap my time at Liverpool – they were my best years.”
In his time at Liverpool, Owen won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. If he had been at Manchester United for the same time, he would have won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one UEFA Champions League – shame he made the wrong choice.
He might have had his “best years” at Liverpool but he certainly would of had better years at Old Trafford.