After scoring two goals in our 3-0 win over Leeds United in the League Cup last night, Michael Owen has insisted he will only be happy if he’s playing more regularly and isn’t here for the money.

“I’m not content if I’m not playing,” he said. “I get criticised a lot with things like ‘you don’t play, you pick your money up’ and all the rest of it but I’m not proud of that fact. I want to play all the time.”

Owen has reflected on his first season, when he scored a last minute winner against City, a hattrick against the German champions and a goal in our 2-1 victory over Villa in the League Cup.

“If the season was going to be like the first season I was here then I’d be delighted,” added Owen. “That was fantastic and I felt involved. I was always either on the bench or playing. Obviously I want to be involved again but I appreciate that there’s some top players in the team and in the squad and it’s a challenge to get on the bench let alone into the first team.”