Owen: ‘Little Pea’ is different gravy

With his two-year contract due to expire in the summer, it is now

anticipated Owen will be leaving Old Trafford, whether he helps the

club to Premier League and Champions League glory or not. And one

of the reasons for that will be Hernandez’s stellar form since his

arrival at Old Trafford as a virtual unknown from Mexican club side

Chivas. There are plenty who make a direct comparison between the

22-year-old’s rapid movement and Owen. The former England striker

is not convinced it is true of his early days. But in more recent

times, Owen accepts there are obvious similarities. “I wouldn’t say

he is similar to how I was in the early stages of my career,”

reflected Owen. “But with injuries and the way I have adapted my

game, he is probably quite similar to what I do now, apart from he

is a bit sharper. “He is 10 years younger of course, so maybe he is

a better version of the current Michael Owen. “Javier has been the

surprise package this year without a doubt. “He is certainly sharp

and is a cracking lad as well. That probably isn’t that important

to the people who just want to see him scoring goals but it is

important for those who are around him and at the club in general.”

Not that Owen has written off his own chances of making a

contribution. As a substitute at Arsenal on Sunday, he should have

been awarded a penalty that could have brought United a precious

point. And, along with Dimitar Berbatov, the 31-year-old has

already been promised a starting berth for Tuesday’s Champions

League semi-final by Sir Alex Ferguson, as United look to defend

their two goal advantage. “Javier’s partnership with Wayne Rooney

has really clicked,” said Owen. “But let’s not forget that Dimitar

is still our top scorer. He has only not been scoring lately

because he has not been playing as much. “Overall, the strikers

have dovetailed quite well. Everyone has chipped in at certain

parts of the season. “Wayne almost carried us right the way through

last season. “This year other people have come in to fill the void.

It has been a great effort all round.”