WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

Papers: Owen's England dream

19/01/2012 09:47

John Cross writes in the Daily Mirror...



Owen still dreaming of England
Michael Owen claims he has not given up on breaking England's goalscoring record - even though he has played just 79 minutes of Premier League football this season. The Manchester United striker, now 32, still dreams of passing Sir Bobby Charlton's England 49-goal mark, but admits he has no international future while Fabio Capello is Three Lions boss. Injuries and a lack of first team opportunities have reduced Owen to a bit-part role at Old Trafford but, incredibly, he insists he can still score goals for England. He said: "I am proud of what I did for England and what I have done. Obviously Sir Bobby's records are in my sights. I am still here." But Owen saw his England career go hopelessly wrong when Capello took charge of England in 2008, after the team's failure to qualify for that summer's Euros. "As soon as Fabio Capello took over, that was it," he said. "I was on the bench for his first game in charge after having been an automatic starter for 10 years, and then after that I wasn't in the squad. The manager is the only man who will know the answer why."

Elsewhere, The Sun claims United are tracking young Spanish defender Javi Manquillo. The 17-year-old full-back has reportedly shone for Atletico Madrid in youth competition.

The same paper says Mame Biram Diouf could be heading for Hannover in Germany, either on loan or for a £2.5million permanent deal.

The papers also carry plenty of Anders Lindegaard quotes. The goalkeeper, who will participate in an exclusive webchat with ManUtd.com today, praises David De Gea... but says the Spaniard may have to wait 10 years to claim his position as United no.1.

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