Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville make Monday Night Football such compelling viewing not only because of their expert football knowledge - but also because they bring humour to the show.
Over the past couple of years the former on-pitch rivals have produced some classic lines, and on Monday night - following Arsenal’s 3-1 victory over Hull City - Carragher left Neville and the show’s presenter in stitches after taking a cheeky pop at his former Liverpool teammate Michael Owen, who also played alongside Neville at Manchester United. (Scroll down to see the video).
Neville was making the point that shirt numbers worn by club legends should not be retired because the legacy can then continue. The current England coach reeled off the names of former greats to wear the number seven shirt for Liverpool, before moving on to a list of greats who donned the same number for United.
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“It’s the same at United with [Bryan] Robson, [George] Best, [Eric] Cantona then [David] Beckham, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, that sort of legacy through those shirts…”
But before Neville had time to finish his sentence, Carragher chimed in with his contribution: “Michael Owen”.
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Owen used to people making fun
Owen will know both Carragher and Neville well from his playing days and isn’t exactly a stranger to people making fun of his brief spell with Manchester United.
The retired striker, who won the Ballon d’Or in 2001, scored 17 goals in 52 appearances for the Red Devils following his shock move to Old Trafford in 2009. He spent most of his time with the Premier League giants on the subs’ bench, but did produce a couple of memorable moments under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Owen famously scored the winning goal in a classic 4-3 win over Manchester City and also netted a Champions League hat-trick against Wolfsburg.
He left Old Trafford in 2012 with winners’ medals for the Premier League, League Cup and Community Shield.
Liverpool fans bitter Owen joined United
Owen, however, will always be remembered - first and foremost - as a former Liverpool striker; one that lit up Anfield for eight years before securing a move to Real Madrid in 2004.
The Reds’ faithful lost a lot of respect for Owen after he accepted Ferguson’s offer to become Manchester United’s new number seven following the departure of Ronaldo - and earlier this year Carragher took a pop at the former England star following his admission that he still had a soft spot for the Red Devils.
“Just heard Michael Owen say he's still got a soft spot for Man Utd!!” Carragher tweeted in February, “Thought he'd have that out of his system by now.”
Does Michael Owen deserve more respect? He was a brilliant striker at his peak, after all. Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment in the box below!
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