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22/09/2011 09:31

Papers: Owen hungry

David Anderson writes in The Mirror...

I want to play, not just pick up pay
Michael Owen has hit back at accusations that he is happy to sit in the stands at Manchester United and pick up his fat pay-cheques. Owen scored twice in his first appearance of the season in United’s Carling Cup win at Leeds, after signing a one-year £35,000-a-week contract extension in the summer. The former England striker is hurt by claims he only stayed at Old Trafford for the money - he says he is desperate to play more. “I’m not content if I’m not playing and I don’t want anybody to think that,” said Owen. “I get criticised a lot by people who say I don’t play, but I pick my money up. I’m not proud of that fact. I want to play all the time. I appreciate there are some top players in the team and the squad, so it’s challenge to get on the bench, let alone the team.”

There's plenty of praise for Michael Owen elsewhere after his brace against Leeds, although The Guardian's Daniel Taylor wonders if this season could be his last, highlighting the fact that it's been almost a year since the striker's last league goal.

Rio Ferdinand is in line to return against Stoke City, according to The Telegraph's Mark Ogden. He claims Rio has mixed full training with yoga exercises at Carrington this week.

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