Michael Owen slams Wayne Rooney for passing up penalty vs Fenerbahce

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Manchester United were convincing winners over Fenerbahce on Thursday night, dispatching the Turkish side 4-1 at Old Trafford in the Europa League.

Paul Pogba broke the deadlock with half hour played from the penalty spot before Anthony Martial doubled the Red Devils' lead in the same manner three minutes later.

A third and fourth soon followed, with Pogba finding the top-left corner from range in first-half stoppage time and Jesse Lingard scoring in the 48th minute.


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Robin van Persie would later score a consolation goal for Fenerbahce, marking an emotional return to the Theatre of Dreams for the Dutchman.

It was a comfortable and satisfying win for Jose Mourinho's men, yet Michael Owen was left reeling in the BT Sport studio upon the final whistle.

When Juan Mata won United a penalty to open the scoring, Wayne Rooney appeared to pick up the ball with every intention of taking the spot kick himself.

However, after a brief discussion with Pogba, the 30-year-old handed the ball over and walked to the edge of the area to watch his teammate score.

And Owen couldn't believe his eyes. Speaking to Jake Humphrey and Owen Hargreaves at full-time (see below), the former-striker-turned-pundit expressed his disbelief at Rooney passing up the opportunity to score.

He said: "It grates with me a bit I must say. Twelve years ago this lad played against Fenerbahce - his first game ever for Manchester United - [and] he ripped the ball off Ryan Giggs.

"He was telling senior players round here and he goes and scores a hat-trick."

At this point, Hargreaves explained how Rooney was being a good captain by giving Pogba the chance to score and build his confidence, which Owen was having none of.

"I agree with the captain side but if it's going to be like that then I think the captain shouldn't be a centre forward because he is a goalscorer," he responded.

"He has to be the goalscorer. He's one behind Sir Bobby Charlton in the all-time United scoring charts.

"I just remember when he was younger he was nasty and he wanted to score he was desperate. If he gets a penalty he should be all over it and I can't believe he's handed it over."

In Pogba's mind, he was grateful to Rooney for allowing him to take the penalty and score only his second goal since returning to United.

"I told him (Rooney) I wanted to take it and he let me take it," he said. "I am very happy to score that penalty.

"For a player like him, Wayne Rooney, the captain, just to let me take the penalty, it's a big respect, so I'm very glad for that."

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