Owen has benefited from the dietary guidance of the Redsâ sports science department as he plays the waiting game in the wings.
âPhysically, you have to prepare for any opportunity you get as well as mentally,â said Owen.
âThat is hard because you are in match-day squads all the time, so you prepare with the team, eat the same, do the same things they do but when you donât play you donât use the energy. You are probably getting more days off but putting more energy food in your system and it is a bit of a vicious circle.
âAfter doing that five or six times you donât exactly put on weight but you have to be careful. Your body hasnât played 90 minutes though you are preparing it all the time to do that.
âThere is more to it than people thinking âwell he is fresh and should score a hat-trickâ.
âIt is tough and it is also a challenge for the staff at United. It is a test for the medical people and the sports science people to get the balance right. They have to manage it to ensure when your chance does come along your body is ready for it.â