Owen was booed by the Anfield crowd for Jamie Carragher's testimonial earlier this season.
"It wasn't great, but I was there to pay my respects to Jamie and help raise money for charity," Owen recalled to manutd.com. "If I'd have wanted an easy life I'd have said: 'Thanks, but no thanks.' The reception was pretty mixed - although the longer I played the less boos I got!
"Most people are fine with me but get them in a crowd and that changes. If I meet fans individually a lot say nice things, but parade me in front of the Kop and it's a different story. I don't think you can get a true reflection of people's feelings towards you from going to a football game.
"Anyway, I think people get a bit carried away with who played for who. Yes, football's a passionate game, but from a player's point of view, you have to grow out of those tribal rivalries. Not every player can play for the team they support when they're growing up. I was an Everton fan."