Will Michael Owen make the starting line-up to face the Toon . or will he be at the races? During his four years at Newcastle he made 65 starts - but attended 379 race meetings! Manchester United return to pre-season training on Monday with Michael Owen eager to prove his fitness ahead of the Reds’ opening day fixture against Newcastle. Striker Owen will also be back in pre-season training after recovering from the torn hamstring he suffered in the Carling Cup final in February and faces a big challenge to make the starting line-up with the arrival of Mexican striker Javier Hernandez.