Michael Owen Re-Signs With Manchester United

by Punter's Hero on June 1, 2011

in Football

In a surprising move to some people, Michael Owen has re-signed with English Premier League champions Manchester United for one more season. It’s a bit of a shock to some fans since Owen only started a handful of games this season and wasn’t even used as a substitute too often either.

However, he was on the bench for the team in the Champions League Final against Barcelona, while Golden Boot winner Dmitar Berbatov. Owen is also injury prone and has missed several months in total while playing with United for the past two seasons.

Owen’s contract was up at the end of the season, but Alex Ferguson realizes what Owen brings to the team, even if he doesn’t play him nearly enough. Owen said the usual things after signing the deal, such as it’s a great place to play, Ferguson’s the best and his teammates are excellent, and so on.

He also said he can’t wait for next season to start. But, what will be different for him next season? Will he be sitting on the bench again most of the time? Owen’s still relatively young at 31 and can still put the ball in the net when he gets the chance and has 14 goals for United in limited minutes. He’s been shafted by England manager Fabio Capello ever since the Italian took over the English national team and hasn’t been named to the country’s squad once.

Capello is supposed to leave after Euro 2012 and it’s possible a new manager might take a shining to Owen. But that’s another year away and Owen realizes he’s not going to get recalled unless he’s playing and scoring regularly. Even then, it’s unlikely Capello will call him up.

But after Capello leaves Owen might want to consider joining another team if he wants to get back into contention for England. If he’s playing for a weaker squad he could work his way back into the England picture. Owen didn’t play too often this season because of the form of Javier Hernandez and Dmitar Berbatov. However, if Beratov flies the coop this summer, he could see more action next season.

Ferguson said he’s glad Owen is staying, but it’s still unlikely he’s going to become a regular until he leaves Manchester at the end of next season, which is the most likely scenario.

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