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Michael Owen: RVP's comments highlight footballers are 'like sheep'

Published 01/03/2014 | 11:36

Michael Owen believes Van Persie's comments should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Michael Owen believes Van Persie's comments should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Owen says that little heed should be paid to Van Persie’s mid-week post-match comments.

Much was made of the Dutch striker’s frustrations after the 2-0 Champions League defeat at the hands of Olympiakos where he said that his teammates are getting in his way on the pitch which was a “shame”.

With United struggling all season, and Van Persie himself spending time on the sidelines, it only added fuel to the fires that the Dutch striker is seeking the exit door in the summer.

Former United player Owen however thinks that the comments should be taken with a pinch of salt as footballers will look for any excuse in defeat and for that reason, it is more of a storm in a tea cup.

“Footballers, essentially, are like sheep,” he said in his column in The Telegraph.

“When you are winning games and part of a successful side, everything is hunky-dory.

“Start losing games and the story changes. There is no excuse a player will not willingly hide behind.

“That is when the whispers start.

“There is always someone to blame.”

Owen also added that he believes the best four players at the club, Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj cannot be accommodated together in the starting eleven.

Declan Whooley

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