Manchester United striker Michael Owen has played down comparisons between himself and Javier Hernandez.

There are plenty who make a direct comparison between the 22-year-old's rapid movement and Owen.

The former England striker is not convinced it is true of his early days. But in more recent times, Owen accepts there are obvious similarities.

"I wouldn't say he is similar to how I was in the early stages of my career," reflected Owen.

"But with injuries and the way I have adapted my game, he is probably quite similar to what I do now, apart from he is a bit sharper.

"He is 10 years younger of course, so maybe he is a better version of the current Michael Owen.

"Javier has been the surprise package this year without a doubt. He is certainly sharp and is a cracking lad as well. That probably isn't that important to the people who just want to see him scoring goals but it is important for those who are around him and at the club in general."

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