The 29-year-old, who scored his third goal of the season in Tuesday’s win against Barnsley, has been surprised by the match ratings he has been awarded.
“I started against Bolton and thought I played well, then looked at the papers and was given three or four,” he said.
“But in this game [against Barnsley] I played pretty average and I’ll probably get seven [out of 10].”
Owen scored with a clinical finish in the 59th minute at Oakwell in the fourth-round tie. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker received ratings around the seven and eight mark for his performance.
“A start and a goal, you can’t ask for more than that. It is how people judge me, unfortunately,” he added.
Owen, who joined the Premier League champions from Newcastle United on a free transfer in the summer, is still pushing for a place in Fabio Capello’s England squad for the World Cup finals in 2010. And United defender Jonny Evans believes the experienced international remains a class act.
Evans said: “Every time Michael comes on he gets into really good positions. He changed the game a bit for us on Sunday. It was the first time we really looked like getting in behind Liverpool.
“It was good for him against Barnsley to get another goal. It was a great finish from him. He made it look easy by passing the ball into the corner.”
Evans is also predicting a bright future for 18-year-old striker Danny Welbeck, who opened the scoring in the fifth minute.
Evans said: “Danny is improving all the time and learning from the first team lads. He is a fantastic talent and can go all the way. He is so hard to play against. He has great skill as well.”
Welbeck came off with a knee injury in the second half and is having a scan. –– BBC Sport.