Owen happy to continue in role as United squad player
Michael Owen could be handed a surprise extension to his Manchester United career with Alex Ferguson still to decide on the former England forward's future.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle striker, a free transfer signing in July 2009, is out of contract next month and had been expected to be released after injuries restricted him to just four appearances this season -- his last competitive action being a Champions League clash against Otelul Galati last November.
But despite the 32-year-old's limited contribution over the past 12 months, Ferguson is understood to be undecided about his future and could offer him an incentivised contract based on appearances for the 2012-13 campaign.
United must submit their list of retained and released players to the Premier League by Saturday lunchtime, but with Ferguson due to depart on holiday this weekend, a decision on Owen's future could be delayed until the club gain a clearer picture of their summer targets.
And with the prospect of a further season at United, Owen is believed to be prepared to wait for Ferguson to weigh up his options before clarifying his situation.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa has claimed to have met Ferguson to discuss a possible move to Old Trafford.
Ferguson watched the Japan international star in Dortmund's German Cup final victory against Bayern Munich last Saturday, and United are favourites to sign the £15m-rated playmaker. (© Daily Telegraph, London)