Owen - I see myself in Chicha
Michael Owen says team-mate Javier Hernandez reminds him of himself in terms of natural goal-scoring ability.
Last Updated: 28/10/10 9:57am
Michael Owen admits fellow Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez reminds him of himself in terms of natural goal-scoring ability.
Mexican Hernandez, nicknamed Chicharito, has made an early impact at Old Trafford since arriving in the summer, notching five goals in all competitions, including a last-gasp winner in Carling Cup action against Wolves earlier this week.
And 30-year-old Owen, who dazzled for England with his remarkable strike against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup when he was just 18, believes Hernandez has the same instinctive eye for a goal.
"Players will obviously score goals in teams but I don't think there are many goalscorers around," Owen said in The Sun.
"Chicharito is one. You can see it in his eyes. It is more instinctive. You are born with it.
"He reminds me of myself, more so than the other strikers. You just see it in his mannerisms.
"There are loads of people who can score, who might even score 20 a season, but they're not goalscorers.
"They might be good finishers, but he's different."
He added: "Look at my goals and his and you'll rarely see us curl one into the top corner from outside the box.
"We can do it, but it's just not a natural position for a goalscorer. You play by percentages and you score your goals inside the box.
"His movement suggests he knows where the ball is going to drop - you cannot teach that. We have a decent blend of strikers but we're probably the most similar of the group."
At just 22 years old, Owen feels Hernandez has plenty of time to develop his potential.
"You're excited for him in many ways, for what he could achieve in his career," he added.
"It's a long way down the line, but he's got the potential.
"He knows how to score, how to get in positions, he's a cracking lad, everyone likes him and he's great around the dressing room which is important. The signs are great."