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Owen to remain at United

MANCHESTER, January 16- Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant that Michael Owen, who is desperate to feature in the World Cup, has a future at Old Trafford.Despite a Champions League hat-trick against Wolfsburg, Owen has been on the bench for United’s last three games and on Saturday was even overlooked in favour of new recruit Mame Biram Diouf at Birmingham.

Owen’s frustrations would not have been eased by the ongoing concerns over Dimitar Berbatov, whose form has been affected by a lingering knee injury.

"Michael needs games and we are going to try and solve the problem," said Ferguson.

"It is just about the blend with your strikers. Sometimes, with the strength I have got in midfield, it suits us to play with one striker and we like to see Wayne Rooney through the middle.

"Everyone knows Michael is a last defender player. There is no-one better at that because his movement and positional sense in the last third of the field is excellent.

"It is a difficult choice to play two directly through the middle in the modern day game. But Michael is not out of the equation at all. He will come into it."

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