Expectations frustrate Owen
Michael Owen admits to feeling exasperated by the expectations placed on him after scoring at Barnsley.
Last Updated: 28/10/09 3:22pm
Michael Owen admits to feeling exasperated by the expectations placed on him after scoring his third goal of the season at Barnsley on Tuesday night.
The Manchester United striker was afford a rare start in the Carling Cup clash and did not disappoint as he put the game beyond Barnsley with his side's second goal at Oakwell.
Owen found the target with a clinical finish just shy of the hour mark but post-match his comments suggested a frustration at how his time at Old Trafford had been reported to date.
The England hopeful believes too much emphasis is placed on the goals he scores rather than his overall performance.
He said: "A start and a goal, you can't ask for more than that. It is how people judge me unfortunately.
"I started a game against Bolton and was pretty pleased and thought I played pretty well. Then I looked at the papers and was given a three or four.
"But in this game I played pretty average and scored a goal and I'll probably get seven out of 10.
"I think I deserved a five in this game and seven or eight from the Bolton game."
His manager Sir Alex Ferguson certainly seems happy enough with his performance, as he added: "It was a fantastic goal, he had such quick feet, it was a marvellous finish."
While United will be pleased to have reached the competition's last eight the night was marred somewhat by crowd violence and an injury to Danny Welbeck.
The 18-year-old, who scored United's first goal, had to be replaced in the second half with a knee injury.
It is thought Welbeck will have a scan on Wednesday as United look to learn the full extent of the injury.