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Owen expects spotlight

23 Aug 2009 14:11:38

Owen expects spotlight

Manchester United striker Michael Owen knows that his goalscoring record will always come under scrutiny. The England international got off the mark for his new club at the third time of asking with the fourth goal in the 5-0 rout of Wigan at the DW Stadium. Some critics have claimed that the 29-year-old is a spent force after an unhappy and injury-hit three-year spell with Newcastle which saw him slip out of the international reckoning. But Owen has been in the game long enough to take it all in his stride and is confident there will be more goals to come for the Red Devils after getting off the mark. "I've missed a couple since the season started and, as ever, everyone is quick to write you off. It was as if I hadn't scored for a couple of years," he told MUTV. "That's something I've had to deal with for 10-odd years now and I don't think that will change until I hang up my boots. "It was certainly a great feeling to score. I'd got a few in pre-season but there's nothing quite like doing it in a competitive game. "I probably scored the hardest chance I've had. I had two chances at Burnley and one against Birmingham, but this was the fourth real opportunity I've had." Owen is keen to kick on and in the process perhaps catch the eye of England manager Fabio Capello. "I'd be disappointed if people didn't think I could go on from here," he added. "I obviously believe I can as I have done throughout my career and I certainly expect to score more goals in the red shirt."


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