Manchester United cut Owen

2012-05-17 12:25

London - Former England forward Michael Owen has left Manchester United after a frustrating three years at the club where he barely featured and his injury curse continued to strike.

"The manager informed me after our testimonial match on Tuesday that the club would not be offering me a new contract," Owen wrote on his Twitter page (!/themichaelowen) on Thursday.

"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."

The 32-year-old former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United striker last played in a competitive Manchester United game in November.

He signed from Newcastle on a free transfer in 2009 and went on to score 17 goals in 52 appearances, winning the 2011 Premier League title - his first English championship medal.

His most notable United strike was an injury-time winner in the Manchester derby three years ago but City got the upper hand this term as they pipped their rivals to the title.

Owen will hope to win a move to another Premier League team but faces a tough ask in resurrecting his once glittering career in which he was named 2001 European player of the year.


  • NrGx - 2012-05-17 12:30

    good! - besides a few glimmers of great football, he is a has been!

      Pagel - 2012-05-17 14:10

      You are lucky - you'll never be a has-been. You need to do something worthwhile first before you can be a has been. This chap had a "glittering career" and was 2001 European footballer of the year - 99,9...% of people who can call themselves footballers will only dream of that. I suggest you get out from behind your computer (where a nobody like yourself get to criticize the greats of the world) and get a life.

      Acta - 2012-05-17 15:02

      @Pagel, Well said!

      Byron - 2012-05-17 17:08

      @Pagel, well said, mate! Give this man a Bells!

      robert.cerff - 2012-05-18 13:19

      I'd pick being a has been any day... instead I'm just a never was. But with the best strike rate in the league of about 25% of all shots he took this season ending up in the back of the net, I'd sign him today!

  • zaakiro - 2012-05-17 12:58

    Michael was an excellent player unfortunately always having be plagued with injury after injury.... But his departure is a good sign for a number of reasons, it means Sir Alex is looking to freshen up the squad, also means a new striker will be on the cards as Macheda (loan) and possibly Berbatov might also leave. Also the prospect of Ferguson bringing in someone worthy of the number 7 jersey.... Good times ahead....

      klaus.rodemann - 2012-05-17 13:48

      Borussia Dortmund's Kagawa is a most likely contender

  • James - 2012-05-17 13:34

    hope we get someone good to replace him that can actually make an impact for manchester!

  • Peter - 2012-05-17 13:38

    Just retire from international football and enjoy your money. You will never resurrect your career when we have full youngsters who are hungry to impress managers. Start a football academy.

  • Cyrus - 2012-05-17 13:48

    Perhaps a move back to Liverpool wouldnt be such a bad idea (willing he takes a pay cut) considering they dont have much upfront. He may just be suitable enough as a backup player to Carroll

      markwmilligan - 2012-05-18 09:31

      I agree. Move back to The Reds.

      Bob - 2012-05-18 10:41

      Cyrus, he would not be welcome back at Anfield, also, if he isn't good enough for the manure how can he possibly be good enough for the true reds.

      robert.cerff - 2012-05-18 13:22

      Cyrus you might have a point there. Bob, as they finished WELL below United, one could say that anyone that United let go will be an improvement for Liverpool.

  • Luzanne - 2012-05-17 14:04

    What a disgrace!!

  • Isaac - 2012-05-17 14:08

    A lot of clubs need your experience. Two more will do. You are not yet done

  • Anthony - 2012-05-17 14:55

    Go to Notts Forest

  • Hallo - 2012-05-17 16:46

    Blue moon rising you red supporters.

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-17 17:06

    Need to cut quite a few more please Park, Berba, De Silva twins, Anderson to name a few

  • Mbulelo - 2012-05-17 18:17

    Owen must go to Russia to get more money as he's failing early retirement due to his injuries

  • Mbulelo - 2012-05-17 18:18

    Owen must join a Russian team so he can earn more money as he's facing an early retirement due to his injuries

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