The England striker is believed to be very unhappy about his current situation at Old Trafford and continues to be linked with a summer exit.
"At the height of my career, I wouldn't have been too happy being on the bench a lot of the time, I would have wanted to be playing all the time," Owen told talkSPORT.
"He's still only 27, he's still a world-class player and I'm sure he won't want to be sitting on the bench.
"That's his decision and you're options change as your fitness changes and your age changes, or whatever it might be, but he's in his prime, it's a World Cup year, he won't want to be sat waiting around on the bench so it remains to be seen whether that will be the case.
"I would be surprised if he left Manchester United but I can understand him wanting to play every game at his age."