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'People who go from Sainsbury's to Tesco are not accused of being disloyal... football is a job': Michael Owen insists he made right choice in joining despite allegiance to bitter rivals Liverpool Michael Owen has no regrets over his move to in 2009 Owen was heavily criticised for joining United by fans of his old club Liverpool   Owen says that footballers shouldn't be condemned for joining rivals 

By Jeorge Bird For Mailonline

Published: 14:28 BST, 15 September 2019 | Updated: 14:28 BST, 15 September 2019

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Michael Owen has insisted that he has no regrets over his move to .

Having started his career at Liverpool, Owen ended up joining rivals United in 2009 following spells with and Newcastle.

Owen was subsequently given a hostile reception by Liverpool fans but claimed that footballers shouldn't be criticised for joining rival clubs, stating that if an individual went from Sainsbury's to Tesco's they wouldn't be accused of being disloyal. 

Michael Owen has no regrets over his Manchester United move despite his Liverpool links

Michael Owen has no regrets over his move despite his Liverpool links

Owen told goal: 'Football is a job. A very special job and a privileged job, but it is still a job for the players and the managers involved in it.

'Obviously, fans who have a real passion for their club don't see it in that light and that's where the problems can start, especially in an age when social media gives people

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