Premier League - Owen hits back at Toon fans

Wed, 20 Apr 12:29:00 2011

Manchester United striker Michael Owen has hit back at criticism from Newcastle fans following his return to St James' Park.

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The 31-year-old, who spent four years on Tyneside after a club record £16 million move from Real Madrid, received a hostile welcome as he was introduced as an 80th-minute replacement for Nani during last night's 0-0 Premier League draw on Tyneside.

Responding to the boos via his Twitter account, he said: "Got a poor reception off the home fans which was disappointing. Was desperate to score!"

"Knew I would get booed as that's what a lot of fans do, but if they knew the facts, then they may have a different opinion.

"From what most of you Newcastle fans are saying, you should be pleased I left the club! If I had known that earlier I could have left sooner!

"For the record, I tried my best in every game for Newcastle. Under KK (Kevin Keegan), I played well and I'll never forget the two I scored against Sunderland."

Match Highlights: Newcastle 0-0 Manchester United

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