Michael Owen wants to play ‘all the time’ at Man United

Striker eager to hold down a regular place in Sir Alex Ferguson's first team after his brace against Leeds

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Owen (right) has scored 16 goals since joining United in 2009 Photo: Michael Owen / Twitter

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Michael Owen has declared he wants to play “all the time” after his brace helped Manchester United to a 3-0 victory over Leeds United in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old striker scored twice at Elland Road after making his first start of the season for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men – and the England international has now set his sights on a prolonged run in the first team.

“I’m not content if I’m not playing,” Owen said. “I get criticised a lot with things like ‘you don’t play, you pick your money up’ and all the rest of it but I’m not proud of that fact. I want to play all the time.”

Owen is determined to reproduce the kind of form he enjoyed in his first campaign at Old Trafford in 2009-10, when he scored nine times in 31 domestic games.

“If the season was going to be like the first season I was here then I’d be delighted,” Owen continued. “That was fantastic and I felt involved. I was always either on the bench or playing.”

Owen also believes he still has something to offer at Old Trafford and insists he is unconcerned about breaking back into Fabio Capello’s England squad.

“I believe I’ve got a few years left in me and I’d love it to be at Man United,” said Owen. “For that to happen I’ve got to be involved because the manager wouldn’t want me sitting round and I wouldn’t want to sit round if I wasn’t part of the squad or part of things.”

When asked about England, he added: “I’ve got to play and score goals first so let’s cross that bridge when it comes to it.”

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