New Aston Villa boss, Gerard Houllier, has spoken of his admiration of Michael Owen, coincidentally on the same day Michael Owen spoke of his frustration at lack of playing time. Of course this lead to rumours that Owen was on his way to Villa in January.

Ferguson has played this speculation down though, claiming Owen will definitely get more football as the season goes on.

“He’s wasting his time there,” said Ferguson. “I understand Michael’s frustration, he’s exactly right. But it’s because Berbatov started the season so well, then the international break came, it’s difficult. We’ve got this Carling Cup game on Wednesday and he’ll start that. He’ll get enough football, Michael. It’s just the early season with the internationals that disrupt you; there are four games over two, two-week spells now since the start of the season. I agree he probably thinks it’s passing him by but he’s doing well in training, never misses a session. I brought him on for the last 20 minutes the other night but I could have brought on three centre-forwards and we would not have made a chance the way Rangers set out.”