Old Trafford hero heaps praise on the new kid on the block ahead of title decider with Stamford Bridge club.
Manchester United striker Michael Owen admits team-mate Javier Hernandez is a better version of himself, putting his future at Old Trafford in doubt.
Hernandez’s impressive performances this season has pushed the 22-year-old to the top of the pecking order ahead of Owen and top-scorer Dimitar Berbatov.
There are plenty of similarities between Owen and ‘Chicarito’, most pointedly there movement and killer instinct, but Owen thinks there is more of a comparison between them now then when Owen was a youngster.
The England international is coming to the end of his contract with the Red Devils but still wants to make a contribution to win trophies and is expected to start against Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday.
”I wouldn’t say Hernandez is similar to how I was in the early stages of my career,” Owen said.
”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.”
”Javier’s partnership with Wayne Rooney has really clicked,” Owen added. ”But let’s not forget that Dimitar is still our top scorer. He has only not been scoring lately because he has not been playing as much.
”Overall, the strikers have dovetailed quite well. Everyone has chipped in at certain parts of the season.
“Wayne almost carried us right the way through last season. This year other people have come in to fill the void. It has been a great effort all round.”