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Owen hits back at critics

Manchester United striker Michael Owen admitted on Wednesday that he was disappointed at being booed by Newcastle fans during his return to St James' Park

AFP, Wednesday 20 Apr 2011
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The 31-year-old, who spent four years on Tyneside after a club record £16million ($26.2m) move from Real Madrid, received a hostile welcome as he was introduced as an 80th-minute replacement for Nani during Tuesday night's 0-0 Premier League draw.

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!"

He added: "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."

Owen, who earned £103,000 a week during his injury-plagued time with the Magpies, left in the wake of the club's relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2008-09 campaign.

He defended himself amid further criticism in a series of later posts.

The striker said: "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 2 [goals] I scored against Sunderland.

"When I meet Newcastle or Liverpool fans, they all respect what I've done for their clubs. In stadiums it changes, 1 boo and the rest follow.

"By the way, I'm not looking for sympathy. As long as my family don't boo me when I walk through the door, I couldn't care less!!!"

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