Manchester United are breaking Michael Owen in gently at Old Trafford following his surprise free transfer move from Newcastle in the summer, reports the Manchester Evening News. Assistant manager Mike Phelan is pleased with Owen's progress.
He said: "Michael has come to Manchester United as it a fresh challenge for him.
"We can use him as and when we need to use him. He is not at the forefront of everything.
"It gives him time to prepare and be ready for games like Barnsley. Alternatively we can bring him on as substitute or start him in a first team game."
Phelan believes Owen's finishing power has not diminished and his goal against Barnsley was a prime example of the striker's art.
"Michael is always looking and always on the move," said the assistant boss.
"He was quick to take the shot. He got it out of his feet quickly and caught the keeper by surprise.
"That is the quality of Michael Owen and those qualities are of benefit to us."