Owen Not Offered United Extension
Posted on 17.05.12 by WhoAmI?! | Categorised under:
Contrary to yesterday's reports, Michael Owen has not been offered a contract extension at Old Trafford.
The 32-year-old revealed the news on Twitter and it will likely come as light relief for most United fans.
"The manager informed me after our testimonial match on Tuesday that the club would not be offering me a new contract," he said, as reported on bbc.co.uk.
"I have loved every minute of the three years I have spent at such a fantastic club.
"I would like to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish them well for the future.
"I now plan to have a short holiday during which I will contemplate my next move."
Owen, who has spent time at Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle, was blighted by injury at Old Trafford, managing just 52 appearances since signing in 2009.
He will be fondly remembered by United fans for his injury-time winning goal in the dramatic 4-3 victory against Manchester City in 2009 - a game that was voted the best in the 20 years of the Premier League.
Sentmentality aside, the consensus will be that, if United are to regain what they lost to City this season, Owen's place in the squad should be taken by a player who's contribution will merit it.
(Source: BBC Sport)