After notching 5 goals in 16 appearances this season, Michael Owen has officially been handed a one-year contract extension by Sir Alex Ferguson this morning and will remain a United player for at least another year. Reports speculated as to whether Owen was going to be considered surplus to requirements in what will be a very busy Summer but SAF has rewarded Owen for his professionalism by giving him at least another year to play for United.
“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.”
Owen is overjoyed at the extension as he made it quite clear to fans that he was looking to stay. Whenever Owen came off the bench this year, I have to admit, he looked very sharp in his movement and his football was fluid and didn’t look out of sorts at United. He is not the same player that scored the wonder-goal against Argentina in 1998 but considering that was 13 years ago, it is hardly surprising. He is no Solskjaer but after he scored the winner in the 4-3 thriller against City, he grew quickly in the heart of many fans.
“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.”
The best United squads that remain fondly in the hearts of fans have always had a 4 pronged attack (1999 – Sheringham, Cole, Yorke, Solskjaer, 2008 – Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo, Berbatov) and SAF clearly see’s Owen as part of that at United. With 4 named strikers in our squad already, there may well be no movement in that area at Old Trafford this Summer but with speculation very much surrounding the future of Berbatov, nothing is for sure as of yet.