Michael Owen almost swears live on air after Middlesbrough-Man United

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Who'd want to be a pundit?

As football fans tune in to watch their side in action each week, pundits have the honour of discussing the game's big talking points - placing them right in the firing line of potential ridicule.

It's harder than it looks too. You have to be concise, accurate and most importantly, engaging to the viewing audience.

They also have to be on their best behaviour. You've got to imagine just how heated things would get when Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville fall out on Sky Sports if the cameras weren't on.

Michael Owen is certainly one those who cop plenty of stick on social media whenever he gives his verdict for BT Sport.

But he almost made their coverage of Middlesbrough vs Manchester United on Sunday afternoon a bit more interesting.

After the Red Devils came out 3-1 victors at the Riverside, Owen found himself making a passionate point about Boro's survival chances.

In fact, when discussing their upcoming games, the former England striker nearly forgot where he was and let a swear word slip out - see the video below.

You can see Owen's mouth shape to say the naughty expletive before he smartly corrected himself. Consummate professional.

Arguably the best part of the video is Owen Hargreaves' reaction next to him.

While most of us didn't notice Owen's near-miss at the time, Hargreaves spotted it straight away and tried to catch his colleague's attention with a sly smile.

Middlesbrough's poor form in 2017 is certainly cause for concern, though.

Their 14th defeat of the season has left them second bottom of the Premier League and five points from safety.

After Aitor Karanka was sacked earlier this week, Steve Agnew was in temporary charge for the defeat to the Red Devils and admitted he wants to be given the job on a full-time basis.

"Of course. It's a club I have a big affection for," Agnew said.

"It's a pleasure to be in charge of the team and see them respond.

"I know we'll take that fighting spirit for the rest of the season."

"I couldn't be more proud of the players, the fighting spirit they showed, and the crowd was top-class.

"If we show that commitment and that sort of intensity until the end of the season then we have a real chance of staying in this league."

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