Owen drops major retirement hint

28 October 2010 09:27
Manchester United striker Michael Owen has hinted that he may decide to retire from the game if he is not offered a new contract at Old Trafford. The 30-year-old former England ace's current deal runs out at the end of the season and he seems unlikely to extend his time with United into a third season. Owen told The Sun: "I would honestly love to stay, but you will have to ask the manager about the long term. I could score at this level for many years and would love it to be at a top club like United. "Whether I would want to be dropping down to a poorer Premier League team, I don't know. Yes I could score goals but I would probably get less opportunities and less enjoyment. "I just don't feel my game is suited to a team that is really struggling. I won't drop down the leagues. "I have played in big teams before and played every game and I have played in a struggling team. I know which I prefer. When you play here, you play with quality. "I'm on my second stage of coaching badges and management is a real possibility." Former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United frontman Owen has scored 12 goals in 38 appearances for the Red Devils, with 24 of those outings coming as a substitute.

Source: ESA