Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has admitted that he does not believe his old side can win this season’s Premier League title, and insists there are just four clubs who can do so, despite this campaign being ‘wide open’.
Owen, now retired, enjoyed a hugely successful playing career after spells with the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid and United propelled the Englishman to elite status.
Having joined United in 2009 and spending three-years at Old Trafford, Owen went on to feature in 52 matches for the Reds and was directly involved in 20 goals in all competitions.
During his brief time at United, working under legendary gaffer Sir Alex Ferguson, Owen was a part of the side who lifted the 2010-11 Premier League title.
However, now retired and working as a pundit for broadcasters BT Sport, Owen doesn’t think his former side can replicate their 2011 success this time around.
United currently sit ninth in the league table, five-points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur, although the Reds do have a game-in-hand.
“If ever there was a season where you think a team could win it who you didn’t fancy at the start, it’s this one. It’s wide open right now,” Owen told BT Sport, as quoted by Metro. “But I still narrow it down to four teams: Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham.
“Chelsea have a great shout.”
United’s next domestic match is an away tie against West Ham United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side set to kick-off against the Hammers on Saturday at 5.30pm UK time.