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Owen fears the worst at United
Michael Owen fears his Manchester United career is over after another injury-disrupted season. Striker Owen, 32, was surprised when Sir Alex Ferguson gave him a year’s extension on his contract last season but is not holding out great hopes of a repeat, as a thigh injury has restricted him to only three starts this term. "I went to see the manager a couple of weeks before the end of last season thinking it was 50-50 whether he would offer me a new contract or not," said Owen. "I was absolutely delighted when he did. I will be going in again in a similar situation. I wouldn’t like to put figures on it this time, but I will speak to him at some point. It is the manager’s call. Whichever way it goes, I will take it like a man because I just feel grateful to have had this opportunity to have played for a wonderful club. If the rest of my career wasn’t to be at United, then I would love to keep playing at the highest level." Owen has started only 18 games in his three years at Old Trafford, following his free transfer from Newcastle.
Many of the newspapers pick up on Patrick Vieira's BBC interview about referees giving United an advantage at Old Trafford, but the Manchester City employee's angry response to the matter and argument that he was "misrepresented" is also covered.
Former referee Graham Poll tells the Daily Mail that Vieira's comments are wide of the mark while Rafa Benitez's advice to ignore any 'mind games' in the title run-in is featured in the Daily Mirror.