Former Man Utd striker Owen searching for new club

Former Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United striker Michael Owen has confirmed he is searching for a new club following his release from Old Trafford at the end of the season, BBC Sport has reported.

Owen was allowed to leave United at the end of his contract having spent three years at the club, making 52 appearances and scoring 17 goals in his time under Sir Alex Ferguson. Before his spell in Manchester Owen spent four years in Newcastle, netting 30 times in 79 games, as well as a season in Spain with Real Madrid. There, Owen was on target 14 times in 40 matches having moved from Liverpool after eight years, 297 games and 198 goals at Anfield.

The 32-year-old also won 89 caps for England between his debut in 1998 and his last appearance a decade later, scoring 40 goals, putting Owen fourth on the list of all-time England scorers behind Bobby Charlton (49), Gary Lineker (48) and Jimmy Greaves (44). The nearest currently active player to Owen is Wayne Rooney, who has 29 goals in 76 games.

Owen said: “At 32, I’ve still got a few years in me. At this stage of my career it has to be something that I’m going to enjoy doing. Not being disrespectful when I say I wouldn’t play in the Championship. Always said I wouldn’t drop down the leagues like some have done. After playing for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle, Man Utd and England, I don’t think I would enjoy that football.

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