Michael Owen keen to stay with Manchester United
There has been a great deal of speculation as to whether Michael Owen will be staying at Manchester United after this season. However, the man himself has been quick to reiterate his desires to continue with the club...
The 31-year-old striker has run out his current contract, which has left many critics claiming that he will not be signing for the Red Devils. Owen did help United to a record 19th league title this season, but he was left as an unused substitute during their 3-1 loss to Barcelona in the Champions League final during the week – this further fuelled the fires of speculation regarding his future with England's most successful side.
The victorious United team participated in a title-winning victory parade on Monday; it was here that Owen informed fans and press of his wishes to stay with the Red Devils.
"I have loved every minute,” stated Owen.
"We have great players, great staff, a great manager and great fans. Hopefully it can continue."
Owen came to Old Trafford on a free transfer in July 2009; he has played with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United – his current two-year deal with United expired at the end of the season.
Despite his track-record, Owen has largely been a peripheral figure with the club, due to the fact that strikers Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez are all ahead of him in the starting order. He has managed to score 14 goals this season in 48 total appearances, with 33 of those appearances seeing him come on as a substitute.
With Dimitar Berbatov also rumoured to be leaving the club, Paddy Power currently offer 7/2 odds that Michael Owen will be the next player to leave the Red Devils.