Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen says he would have won more major honours in his career if he had signed for Manchester United as a youngster, rather than as a veteran.

Owen came through the ranks at Liverpool before leaving for Real Madrid in 2004 and having a spell with Newcastle before joining Manchester United on a free transfer in the summer of 2009.

The 32-year-old scored 158 goals in 297 appearances with Liverpool during eight seasons in the Anfield first-team, and won two League Cups, one FA Cup and the UEFA Cup during his time with the Reds.

Owen, though, believes his career would have taken a different path if he had joined Manchester United when still in the early stages of his professional life, while the Stoke City striker adds that Sir Alex Ferguson would have managed his workload better than Liverpool did.

The former England international says he was overworked by Liverpool as a teenager and would have benefited from more rest - something that may have been more likely to happen at Manchester United.

Owen does, however, add that he would not change anything if he were offered the opportunity to begin his career again.

"The problem is that as a young player you want to play every week and therefore it has to be the responsibility of the manager to take the decision to rest young players thereby giving them the best chance of a long and injury-free career," Owen wrote on his official website.

"Strangely, I enjoy looking back on my career thinking what might have been.

There is no doubt I would have won more honours had I signed for Manchester United as a youngster. I am pretty confident I would have been at the height of my powers over a longer period of time too.

"But would I change anything if I could rewind the clock? Not a chance! The best years of my life were at Liverpool. Spells at Real Madrid, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke have given me a career to be proud of. Now it's time to finish it off in style!"

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