Liverpool legend denies Michael Owen claiming he would never play for Manchester United

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Liverpool legend Ian Rush responded to Michael Owen’s claims that he had considered playing for the Reds’ big rivals, Manchester United or Everton.

Owen sadly joined the Red Devils in 2009, angering Reds fans who rose through the ranks and spent the best years of his career at Anfield.

In his autobiography published last year, the former English international defended his career choice by contesting the negative feelings of Liverpool fans towards him, insisting that Rush would happily have done the same by leaving Juventus after a year in Italy in 1988, but his status is untouchable.

Re-signing for Liverpool after his stint in Turin, the former Welsh international lifted the veil on his discussions with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson before returning to Anfield.

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Colin Harvey of Everton, Graeme Souness of Rangers and Uli Hoeness of Bayern Munich were also interested in signing Rush, and even though he admits that he was impressed with what Ferguson had to say, he insisted that a moving to Old Trafford was never going to happen because of allegiances to Liverpool.

“It was a shock at first. I thought it was a joke, “he said. “He gave me his number and in all honesty, he sold me the club.

” I read [Owen’s] book that (Kenny) Dalglish took me out at the 11th hour. I never went to Manchester United. I knew the rivalry.

“Kenny didn’t have to sell the club. He made my decision. “

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