Manchester - Manchester United on Wednesday handed striker Michael Owen a surprise new one year contract extension in a move that may cast doubt on Dimitar Berbatov's future with the Premier League champions.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who awarded the 31-year-old Owen a place on the bench for last Saturday's Champions League final ahead of Berbatov, said: "Michael has proved to be a top footballer.
"It is unfortunate that he did not get more opportunities but the form of Chicharito (Javier Hernandez) 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."
Former Liverpool and England striker Owen commented: "I am 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 passionate supporters is a real inspiration.
"I can't wait for next season to start."