Man United Striker Michael Owen Handed One Year Contract Extension

Old Trafford back up gets another year to prove himself.

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Michael Owen’s contract has been extended for a further year, in a deal that will see the forward complete a third season as a first-team player.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Michael has proved to be a top footballer. It’s unfortunate Michael didn’t get more opportunities but the form of Chicharito put everyone in the shade and his partnership with Rooney proved invaluable. I am delighted Michael is staying for a further year and we will look to give him more opportunities in the new season.”

Michael Owen said: “I’m delighted to have agreed a one-year extension to my contract. To play alongside so many great players, under an exceptional manager, and in front of so many incredibly passionate supporters, is a real inspiration. I can’t wait for next season to start.”

SOURCE: Official Manchester United Website

This is something of a surprise as many had predicted that the injury prone striker would be heading for the Old Trafford exit following the completion of his two year contract. Michael Owen has spent much of his time at Man United dealing with recurrent injury problems and even when fully fit was essentially the club’s fourth choice striker.

However perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson felt that the former England international still has something to offer the club and the signing of a new deal will lead to much speculation that Bulgarian international Dimitar Berbatov may leave the club.

Despite finishing as the Premier League’s joint top scorer Berbatov has spent the last couple of months languishing on the bench and was left out of the Champions League Final squad all together, leading many to speculate the 30 year old would be leaving the club.

Ferguson appears to favour the strike pairing of Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney as his first choice starting options.

Owen has made 15 Man United starts and being used as a substitute on a further 33 occasions and the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United man has netted 14 goals over the course of the last two seasons.

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