Michael Owen on the Manchester United talent who wasted his potential

Michael Owen didn’t see the best years of his career at Manchester United, but the former Liverpool striker certainly wrote his name into the club’s folklore.

Remember when he scored the winner in the Manchester derby about 25 minutes after the necessary amount of injury time, sparking pandemonium in the stands at Old Trafford?

Despite his outrageous form when he was a young buck at Liverpool, Owen would win his only Premier League title at United under Sir Alex Ferguson, and was a bit part in one of Ferguson’s great sides.

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Anderson (right) gives Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard some stick

But Owen has singled out one player of that generation who struggled to fulfil his potential, despite an abundance of talent.

Anderson won it all at United (four titles, the Champions League the World Club Cup and a League Cup), but failed to convince Owen of his greatness.

Owen believed Anderson’s spurned talent was down to his lack of desire and “driven mentality”.

“He was very talented, was Ando,” Owen told SportsJOE.

“Without being too general, he’d have that Brazilian attitude. He was a pretty relaxed guy. Maybe too relaxed at times.

“He loved being out there with a ball at his feet but he did not bother about weights, or anything really. Him getting back from injuries was often a slow process.

“He was a really good player but if he had that driven mentality, he could have been great.”

Anderson, who is still only 30, left Old Trafford in 2015, joining Internacional in his native Brazil. He’s currently on loan Coritiba, where he’s made 11 league appearances.

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