Michael Owen still hoping to contribute to Man United’s title bid
Manchester United's Michael Owen is hoping to return to the squad for the Red Devils' final game of the season at Sunderland
Michael Owen is still hoping to contribute to Manchester United’s Premier League title bid – even if it just involves a substitute appearance in the Red Devils’ last game against Sunderland on 13 May.
The 32-year-old has not started a single game for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the league this term after picking up a thigh injury during United’s 2-0 victory over Otelul Galati in the Champions League back in November.
But Owen, who moved to Old Trafford from Newcastle United in 2009, is optimistic he can get match fit in time for the Red Devils’ final game at the Stadium of the Light.
“It’s been a long, old road when you’re injured and this is probably the most frustrating part of the job,” Owen told United’s website.
He added: “I can’t imagine myself getting back and starting in the eleven. My mindset has got to be get myself ready mentally, physically and everything else because I might be needed for 10 or 20 minutes at a late stage of the season.
“Who knows? It could be the last game of the season at Sunderland. I might have built up enough, whether playing in a reserves game or two, and then that’s fine.
“But I think the immediate thing is to get myself mentally ready, just in case the manager says: ‘I’ll put you on the bench’ or whatever and I’ll come on for 15 minutes and try to nick a goal if we’re struggling.”