Michael Owen makes startling Liverpool, Man Utd squad comparison

Date published: Monday 9th September 2019 11:02

Michael Owen has boldly claimed that Manchester United’s squad is not too dissimilar to rivals Liverpool, despite the huge points difference last season.

Jurgen Klopp’s men finished 31 points ahead of the Red Devils as they finished second in the Premier League behind Manchester City.

Former England striker played for both teams during his career but still believes there is little to choose between them.

Owen told ESPN that while Liverpool’s recent success has moved them ahead of their rivals, he feels United are still recovering from the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.

“A lot of people will obviously say when you have a manager that is there for that long then it’s very difficult for the next manager just to go and pick up the baton and continue it,” Owen said.

“But I think not many people would have envisaged the extent let’s say of the decline since.

“There’s been some trophies won along the way obviously which has smoothed things over a little bit but in general, when you watch Manchester United now, it is a shadow of the previous teams of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign I guess, and it’s going to take some building.

“I don’t necessarily think the players are all that bad, I think when you look at other teams, look at Liverpool for example, are Manchester United players far inferior to Liverpool’s? I don’t necessarily think so.

“But do Liverpool’s players play with a greater understanding, a great cohesion, a lot of confidence? Then, yes.

“I was talking to John Barnes the other day and he was saying exactly the same thing.

“He doesn’t think there’s anything in the two squads.”

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Owen also believes that the current divide is only down to the men in charge.

He added: “When you look at the players, Manchester United have got great players but managers don’t seem to be getting that tune out of them like the Pep Guardiola teams or like the Jurgen Klopp teams at the moment.

“It will be interesting to see if Ole can do that over a period of time.”

 

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