Thirteen years have passed since the 18-year-old Owen carved his way through Argentina's defence before finishing with a composure that belied his age.
The passage of time and a cruel injury record have long since stripped Owen of the electrifying speed which once terrorised Argentina, but the 31-year-old showed his finisher's instincts remained sharp when he came on to score United's fourth in the 4-2 win over Blackpool at the weekend.
While Owen will not start against Barcelona, the former Liverpool and England striker is hopeful that he could have a role to play if called upon.
Owen remains realistic about the possibility of book-ending his wonder-goal in St-Etienne with another similarly important strike on Saturday.
"I'd love it to be. But I've got to get on the bench first before I can get on the pitch," Owen told reporters at United's training complex.
"It's such a good squad here so we'll see. But if I was on the bench and I was brought on that would obviously be what I want to do," he added.