Already seven factors behind Premier League chief Liverpool after simply 4 video games of the season, United takes on Leicester on Saturday having managed only one victory up to now this time period.
Owen, who performed for each golf equipment throughout an illustrious taking part in profession, believes the power of Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp to enhance his gamers and take them to the subsequent degree has been a key a part of the staff’s success.
Whereas Liverpool ended final season by ending second within the Premier League and profitable the European Champions League, United recorded a sixth place end, 32 factors adrift of champion Manchester Metropolis.
And Owen says Klopp’s teaching and skill to always draw the perfect from his gamers is one thing United ought to take observe from.
“To me, for those who have a look at Liverpool 5 years in the past and you have got some gamers which have come from lesser groups as an instance, and Jurgen Klopp has are available and improved each single a type of gamers,” Owen advised CNN.
“All these gamers within the Liverpool squad now you suppose ‘wow, you are taking part in on the peak you’ve got ever performed at in your profession. He is virtually bettering gamers, he is bettering the staff, he is bought a feelgood issue and it is fairly the other at Manchester United for the final 5 – 6 years.
“Gamers are going there and at greatest staying nonetheless however most of all regressing.”
Owen, who scored 17 objectives in 52 video games for United between 2009-2012, cites the failures of big-money signings Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez, each of whom have since left, and the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan as a part of a pattern during which the membership fails to coax the very best from its large identify gamers.
“You have a look at the good Di Maria, Sanchez, they’ve each been introduced in for large funding and let go just about right away,” added Owen, who has simply launched his autobiography, “Michael Owen Reboot — My Life.”
“You’ve got bought Pogba, arguably probably the greatest gamers on the earth, that individuals nonetheless have the jury out on.
“You’ve got bought Lukaku who got here, gone. Large cash, he is gone. Nearly each participant that they convey [in] both going straight again out the door or is regressing.
“Now I do not suppose that is only a coincidence. I feel there must be one thing whereby, put it this fashion, if Jurgen Klopp was the supervisor or Pep Guardiola was the supervisor at Manchester United over these final 5 – 6 years, I feel they’ve gamers who’re nearly equal however the very best is not being gotten out of them and that is the massive key for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”
Di Maria arrived in Manchester for £59.7 million ($73.7 million), a then British switch file when he signed from Actual Madrid in 2014. He lasted only a yr earlier than transferring to Paris Saint-Germain for £44.three million ($54.7 million).
He has teamed up with Lukaku, who signed for Inter in a deal price £74 million ($90 million), final month. The Belgian worldwide, who joined United two years in the past from Everton in a deal price £75 million ($91 million), scored 42 objectives in 96 appearances for the membership.
Lukaku’s departure has left Solskjaer gentle within the putting division with added stress on Marcus Rashford and Antony Martial.
Whereas United spent closely on the again, coughing up a reported £79 million ($97 million) for England worldwide Harry Maguire, a world file charge for a defender, and £50 million ($62 million) on full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, it didn’t substitute Lukaku.
Distinction the attacking sources at Solskjaer’s disposal in comparison with these loved by Pep Guardiola at Manchester Metropolis and Klopp at Liverpool, and it isn’t tough to see why United might battle to maintain up with their Premier League rivals.
“He is bought to discover a manner of getting the very best out of those gamers,” Owen mentioned of Solskjaer’s squad.
“You’ll be able to’t simply hold shedding a recreation, proper, let’s go and promote him, promote him, and produce the subsequent celebrity in, spend one other £80 million.
“You recognize, that is been occurring for half a dozen years now. Alexis Sanchez was the very best participant within the Premier League for 3 seasons. Swiftly he turns up at Previous Trafford and he is only a pale shadow of what he was.
“There’s so many examples. I do not suppose you possibly can hold gamers and say, ‘oh yeah, they are not adequate, let’s deliver new in’ and hold doing that. It might break the bank for starters however you might want to wanting a bit extra inside as nicely.”