18 May 2012

Owen leaves Manchester United after injury-hit spell

6:03 am on 18 May 2012

The former England forward Michael Owen has left Manchester United after a frustrating three years at the football club where he barely featured and his injury curse continued to strike.

The 32-year-old former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle United striker last played in a competitive Manchester United game in November.

He signed from Newcastle on a free transfer in 2009 and went on to score 17 goals in 52 appearances, winning the 2011 Premier League title - his first English championship medal.

Owen hopes to win a move to another Premier League team - he says the Championship is not an option, but faces a tough ask in resurrecting his once-glittering career in which he was named 2001 European player of the year.