Michael Owen's remarkably candid comments on injury troubles are rightly attracting praise
A reminder that Premier League Tonight on BT Sport is often as compelling as the football itself
Well, it was last night anyway. While Liverpool beating Brighton isn't likely to live long in the mind's eye, BT Sport's post-match evening programme once again delivered.
Last week, Rio Ferdinand shared his considered thoughts on the differences between David Moyes and Alex Ferguson. This week, it was the turn of another former Manchester United player: Michael Owen.
The one-time Liverpool wonderkid went through the wringer during his career, persistent injuries blunting his undoubted gifts and ravaging his later years at Newcastle, Manchester United and, finally, Stoke.
Here's the clip.
⚠ MUST WATCH ⚠
A fascinating insight into @themichaelowen's injury troubles throughout his career and how he went from Ballon d'Or winner to struggling for playing time at Stoke... 🎙 #PLTonight pic.twitter.com/bEnm8qSMCO
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 25, 2018
For those of you who don't fancy watching the nine-minute section of the interview, here are some startlingly honest quotes from the 89-time England international.
"I'd lost it," Owen said. "The last six, seven years of my career, I hated it – I couldn't wait to retire. I could still score. I still had that instinct for where the ball was going to go and I could still finish."
"I admire people that play for the love of the game, that can drop down a division or whatever to keep playing, but for me it was turmoil. The last few years of my career was just a frustration, I just couldn't do what I used to be able to do. Sometimes my brain was telling me to do something and then I'd think twice because I knew I'd be out for another six weeks."
Owen may not be able to tactically break down a game of football like Gary Neville or Jamie Carragher, but his searing honesty is just as compelling.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) August 25, 2018
— Michael Dilley (@michaeldilley) August 25, 2018
Quite frank from Michael Owen on @btsportfootball - Regained a bit of respect for him now
— Matt L (@CardyMatt) August 25, 2018
— Lee Duffy (@Leeno382) August 25, 2018
It was a privilege to even walk on the same pitch as him. Just wish it wasn’t at the end of his career. 👏👏👏
— Charlie Adam (@Charlie26Adam) August 25, 2018