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Forgotten Owen admits Man Utd's Carling Cup fixture made him nervous

Michael Owen admits Manchester United's most recent Carling Cup clash with Scunthorpe United made him nervous.

The man who has scored at World Cups and in the Champions League and played for some of the biggest clubs in the world admitted that a fixture in front of 9,000 at Glanford Park really gave him the jitters.

"I said to my dad before the Scunthorpe game that, having played in World Cups, European Championships and for some of the biggest teams around the world, it was suddenly a big game for me," Owen told Mirror Football.

"Had I not done well, then I might not have got another chance for a month or so. So all of a sudden I found myself being quite nervous before the third round of a Carling Cup tie, which was a novel experience for me.

"But on a serious note, whether you like it or not, it's true. With the limited opportunities you get, you have to grab them. If you don't, it can be a long wait before you get back in."

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