FERGIE: OWEN IS IMPORTANT

Sir Alex Ferguson has assured striker Michael Owen that he remains an important part of Manchester United's squad.

Owen started United's 3-1 Community Shield success over Chelsea, but did not feature in their Premier League season-opening victory over Newcastle United.

The former Newcastle, Real Madrid and Liverpool ace, who started just five league games last time around, is now into the final season of his two-year contract at Old Trafford.

SMALLING: HERNANDEZ LEARNING FROM OWEN

Chris Smalling has revealed Manchester United summer signing Javier Hernandez has been sticking close to Michael Owen.

Smalling has revealed that England international Owen has been giving the 22-year-old tips on how to leave Premier League defenders with twisted blood.

"When we were on our pre-season tour the strikers spent a lot of time working together and were bouncing ideas off each other," said Smalling, a £10m summer signing from Fulham.

Owen turns Scout!

England striker Michael Owen cast his eye over a selection of future international hopefuls as Loughborough Dynamo and Hinckley United Juniors both enjoyed a dream day out at Wembley Stadium.

The Loughborough Dynamo and Hinckley United under-10 teams joined more than 700 children from across the country at the annual McDonald's National Football Festival as 55 Charter Standard grass-roots clubs were invited to strut their stuff at England's HQ.

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