Former Liverpool FC striker Michael Owen has hailed Jordan Henderson as ‘world class’ and predicts that the Sunderland academy graduate will dominate England and Liverpool’s midfield for years to come.   Owen, who spent eight seasons at Anfield and also represented the club’s hated rivals Manchester United, picked out the England midfielder for his eye-catching performances in 2014-15. ‘Everybody’s talking about Harry Kane and what a fantastic season in the Premier League,’ he said.  ‘But I just want to give a mention to another homegrown player in Jordan Henderson. Since his move from Sunderland it was a little bit of a struggle.’ ‘But in the last season he really has developed into a world-class football player. [He was] in the shadow of Steven Gerrard maybe, but with Gerrard on his way out, and the captaincy available, now is the time for Henderson to really develop and kick on his career.’ ‘I think he’s going to be Liverpool and England’s dominant midfield player for years […]

Former Manchester United and Liverpool FC striker Michael Owen believes Louis van Gaal had an unsuccessful first season in charge and failed to find an identity in his team. A fourth-place finish in the Premier League for Manchester United was viewed as an acceptable first campaign for Van Gaal and his team as they secured a place in the Champions League playoff round, but Michael Owen suggested Van Gaal has much to prove in his second campaign as Manchester United boss. The striker, who won the Premier League title with Manchester United in the 2012-13 season, believes Van Gaal’s success in guiding the club back into the Champions League was not an achievement worthy of praise. “I thought it was a disappointing season for Manchester United,” Owen told ESPN FC. “They were knocked out of the cup competition with ease and a little embarrassment if we look at the MK Dons defeat in the Capital One Cup.” “They didn’t have Champions League football to […]

Owen: Manchester United Have Not Justified Their £150m Spending

Former striker Michael Owen has slammed Manchester United for considering a top four finish as a sign of success, and blames the side’s attacking forces for performing below par throughout this season. The Red Devils spent £150 million to bring in reinforcements in the form of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao amongst others in the summer last year. But despite the massive expenditure, new manager Louis van Gaal, who was brought in to help the club recover from last season’s disastrous seventh place finish under David Moyes, failed to turn the team into title contenders. The Old Trafford outfit are currently fourth in the Premier League table, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, and seven points adrift of second placed Manchester City. The club have not lost a single game since their defeat against Manuel Pellegrini’s side earlier in November last year, but their only real hope of winning any trophy is in the FA Cup. And Owen insists that a […]

TheHardTackle's Guest Author Uanhoro James walks through the squads of the Northern teams in the English Premier League - Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. In Part 1 of his piece, he studies the defending champions.