After scoring a crucial goal in yesterday’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa, Michael Owen has dismissed rumours he is unhappy with his limited playing time at United.

“I am loving it at Manchester United,” Owen said. “There are plenty of people who want to put negative spins on things. I have four kids, I am living at home and playing for one of the best teams in Europe. It is not all doom and gloom is it? We still have the Premier League and the Champions League to play for, which I have never won so I have every reason to have a smile on my face.”

Sir Alex Ferguson has explained that Owen’s opportunities have been few and far between because of the excellent form of Wayne Rooney.

“I am very pleased the manager is suggesting I have done well in my first season,” he continued. “The way Wayne has played this season has been fantastic. In any other year he might have picked up an injury or been suspended and I would have got more games.”