Fergie - No room for Owen
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he wished he could find room to play Michael Owen more often.
Last Updated: 12/02/11 12:07pm
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he wished he could find room to play Michael Owen more often.
Opportunities have been few and far between for Owen this season with the 31-year-old starting just one Premier League game.
The former England striker, whose campaign has also been disrupted by a hamstring injury, has found himself behind Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez in United's pecking order.
Ferguson knows Owen's goalscoring instincts could be a major asset as the season enters the crucial run-in, but he is unsure where he can squeeze Owen into his team.
Ferguson said: "I keep trying to get myself into a situation where I can play Michael Owen more often.
"I haven't been completely fair that way. He is a terrific trainer and every time I play him he never lets me down."
He added: "Michael is a phenomenal player in and around the box.
"You can make similarities in physique to Javier Hernandez. In and around the box, both of them are very dangerous players.
"The advantage we have with Michael on the run-ins is that he has terrific big game experience.
"It could prove very important to us."
However, Owen's lack of regular action has led many onlookers to believe he will leave Old Trafford when his contract runs out in the summer.
And reports have already suggested ambitious Australian side Newcastle Jets have targeted his services.
The A-League outfit are apparently on the hunt for a marquee signing next season and it is thought Owen features high on their wanted list.
But Jets coach Branko Culina said: "I don't know about Michael Owen but there is no secret that we are looking for a player that will add to our strength on the park and also give us profile off the park."