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Owen set for new beginning
Michael Owen is relishing in the opportunity to play for Manchester United for the first time this season in the side's Carling Cup match-up with bitter rivals Leeds tonight.
Owen signed a contract extension with United over the summer, with the striker revealing he is happy to play a secondary role to stars Javier Hernandez, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov. But tonight, Owen will take centre stage and the 31-year-old is looking forward to it.
“This is what a lot of players have been waiting for in many ways,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“Since the start of the season it has mainly been a game every weekend and nothing in the middle really. The manager picked the same team in the first four matches, so there are a lot of people needing games.
“Now we get to the stage of the season with the Champions League, the league and the Carling Cup. It is becoming two games most weeks so the squad will get chances.
“You always want to be given a chance but commonsense says that you just have to look at the fixture list and realise the season actually starts for me now.
“I have been on the bench but we have a strong squad and top strikers so it is difficult to get a look in when there is only one game a week. So, from my point of view, the season begins here.”
United will be hoping to get revenge over Leeds after the 1-0 FA Cup humbling at Old Trafford 18 months ago, and while Sir Alex Ferguson is planning on giving younger players a chance on the pitch, the manager will be mixing his selections with experienced players like Owen and Berbatov to make sure the loss is not repeated.