Owen extends Manchester United contract by a year

Michael Owen extended his contract with Manchester United for
another season on Wednesday.

The former England striker, who has been used mostly as a
substitute in his two years with United, was free to leave Old
Trafford after his contract expired following this season but
repeatedly said he wanted to stay.

”I’m delighted to have agreed a one-year extension to my
contract,” Owen said. ”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.”

Owen was on the bench this season as Javier Hernandez and Wayne
Rooney became United’s preferred forward partnership, but with
leading scorer Dimitar Berbatov consistently linked with a move
elsewhere, he could have a bigger role in future.

”Michael has proved to be a top footballer,” United manager
Alex Ferguson said. ”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.”

The 31-year-old Owen joined on a free transfer in July 2009
after a career with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle. He has
scored 14 goals in 48 appearances for United, finally clinching his
first Premier League winners’ medal this season.