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Owen remains at United

Michael Owen has signed a one year extension to his contract at Manchester United and will remain at the club for another season as they look to reach 20 league titles. The striker, who scored United’s final goal of the Premier League season in their 4-2 home win over relegated Blackpool, has only managed 16 appearances this season in all competitions, contributing 5 goals. Despite spending the season behind Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov in the United strike force, Sir Alex Ferguson has been impressed enough with Owen through the season to keep him on at the Premier League champions.

Owen to stay in United red

On his twitter account, Owen stated that he was “Delighted to be staying for another year” and now that 31 year old former Liverpool forward is confirmed to be remaining with the team, doubts are now cast over the future of Berbatov, the clubs top goal scorer in the last season. The Bulgarian managed 21 goals during the 2010-2011 campaign despite falling out of favour in the second half of the season as Rooney and Hernandez developed a strong partnership up top for Ferguson’s side.

Owen was included amongst the substitutes during the recent 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League final ahead of Berbatov who was left out of the final squad and the Bulgarian told Sky Sports that he felt “ashamed” about being left on the sidelines for the game and he watched the match on a monitor in the United dressing room. Berbatov stated that he would like to stay with the club, “I will fight for the 20th title.” However, with him seemingly now falling behind Owen as well as Rooney and Hernandez in Ferguson’s plans, there will be a number of rumours surrounding potential moves away from Old Trafford coming out in the next few days and there will likely be many clubs both in the Premier League and across Europe alerted to the potential availability of the Premier League’s joint top scorer.

Rooney on his way out of Old Trafford?

October 19, 2010 3 comments

With Sir Alex Ferguson admitting today that Wayne Rooney wants to leave Manchester United, there is the prospect of huge movements of money and players when the January transfer window opens. The speculation around where Rooney will be come January or the start of the next season has led to him being linked with moves to a number of major clubs that could pay him astronomical wages. Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all potential destinations for the England star, and the movement of Rooney could spark a number of other big names switching clubs.

One potential move United could make if Rooney leaves is for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres. Torres has looked out of sorts this season and doesn’t seem to be playing with much spirit for Liverpool who have begun the season with all sorts of problems, currently sitting next to bottom in the Premier League. Would Torres be interested in a move to Old Trafford? Probably. Would Liverpool let him go to their arch rivals? Not so likely, although a suitably large offer might tempt the new owners of Liverpool to allow Torres to move on.

United may also be offered players and money in exchange for Rooney by Real Madrid or Barcelona. Karim Benzema has often been linked with a move to United and if Real Madrid offers Benzema along with a transfer fee, Rooney could swap places with Benzema and link back up with Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona also have players that could tempt United in a swap deal such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is currently on loan at AC Milan and apparently surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

I’m sure like me, most neutral English fans will want to see Rooney remain in the Premiership, whether he stays at United or moves to somewhere like City or Chelsea doesn’t bother me. I simply want to keep the best players in the Premiership, but whatever happens in the next few months, it is going to be very interesting how this saga develops and how a Rooney transfer might pave the way for a number of other major moves between the top clubs in Europe.