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Manchester United striker Michael Owen, who witnessed a slump in his career after constant injury problems, acknowledges the fact that he is not going to play all games, but is certain to be around for at least 4-5 years.


London, Aug 16 : Manchester United striker Michael Owen, who witnessed a slump in his career after constant injury problems, acknowledges the fact that he is not going to play all games, but is certain to be around for at least 4-5 years.

A one-time wonder kid of English football, Owen, fired 40 goals in just 89 internationals. He had a stunning strike rate of 118 goals in 216 appearances for Liverpool.

All of which earned him an eight million pound move to Real Madrid in 2004, but made just 24 starts and a year later signed for Newcastle where he suffered a catalogue of injuries.

But, last year, there was hope of a comeback when he signed on as a free player for Manchester United.

Owen said: "I'm 30 now and understand I won't play every game.

I've had a lot of injuries and don't have the pace I once had. But life evolves. I've changed my style, I'm a different type of player now and, because of that, I reckon I've still got four or five years at the top."

"And I much prefer that to be at United, where I train every day with some of the world's top players. Where I work every day with arguably the best manager who's ever lived. Where I play in front of such great fans and in an amazing stadium such as Old Trafford.

And I'm really happy I now live back at home after having been away for five years. I prefer all of those things ahead of playing every game for a team that's only ever going to be 12th in the league," The Sun quoted Owen, as saying.

"Now that's when I would struggle to find the motivation. So I'd rather play half the games but be at United with this great manager, these great players, at this great stadium and in front of so many fanatical fans. If United play 60 games again this season, I can still play a big part," he added.

ANI

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