Manchester United Striker Michael Owen: I Can Deal With The Pressure

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The new Red Devils signing claims he is mentally prepared for the criticism that he expects to come his way at Old Trafford on occasion, and remains keen to force his way back into Fabio Capello’s World Cup plans.

After scoring in Manchester United’s 5-0 second half demolition of Wigan Athletic, Michael Owen admits he is ready for the intense spotlight likely to be focused on him throughout his Old Trafford career.

After an injury-plagued three years at Newcastle United after joining them from Real Madrid, Owen is eager to get things back on track by producing a solid goal-scoring record and earning an England recall.

“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,” the striker 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 also determined to impress Fabio Capello and make his way back into the England set-up to earn his way to South Africa next summer.

“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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~ by footballdirecta on August 23, 2009.

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