The BT Sport pundit receives more than his fair share of stick from football fans on Twitter and the last thing he needed was a national newspaper putting the boot in.
But that’s precisely what happened at the weekend, following Owen’s co-commentary during the clash between Manchester City and Leicester City on Saturday lunchtime. The Daily Star published an article of several gaffes Owen supposedly made during the match and the 36-year-old did not react well.
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“Good old Daily Star. Probably sell around 33 copies a day compared to my 3.3m followers. #Desperate” Owen wrote on Twitter.
“In this day and age it's amazing how people can print such 'quotes' and get away with it. No wonder nobody buys such drivel nowadays.
“I reckon I've forgotten more about football than their 'expert' journalists will ever know. #JogOn”
Clearly, biting his tongue proved too difficult for Owen on this occasion. It’s easy to understand his frustration but sometimes it’s better not to say anything at all.
Did Michael Owen really say this?
The report in the Daily Star claimed Owen had produced some classic one-liners, including: "If the game finished now, Leicester would win.”
And: "Leicester have scored their first goal, which means they are 1-0 up. If it stays like this, they would win."
Owen, though, is adamant these quotes have been made up - and we’re inclined to believe him.
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