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Man Utd striker Owen now fancies management career

Manchester United striker Michael Owen admits he's seriously considering management when he hangs up the boots.

Owen's principal aim, entering the 14th season of a stellar career, is to do enough to make Manchester United his last club.

His secondary ambition is to prepare himself for management.

He admitted to the Sunday Mirror: "If you'd asked me about becoming a manager two years ago I'd have said no, or given myself a 20 per cent chance at best.

"Now there's about an 80 per cent chance of me trying to give it a go.

"You progress naturally, in football. At 18, 19, you may say to yourself, 'He's a good manager' or 'that's a good session'. But generally, you do your job, play your game and don't think too much of it.

"As you get older you analyse things a bit more.

"I decided to take my coaching badges at Newcastle. I was 27, 28, injured, sitting in the stand watching games.

"That's when you start forming an opinion on what players do, which formations work. Because you are not thinking about how you are going to prepare for a game, you start dissecting the manager's team talks.

"You see what is relevant. You're looking at what everybody does. You see what creates a better environment, what helps tactically. You see how a manager's strategies are implemented. You look at football in a different way."

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