Former England striker, Michael Owen, has left Manchester United after a frustrating three years with the club.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson told Owen - who has been cursed by injury since joining - that the club would not be offering him a new contract after only 52 apps and 17 goals.

"The manager informed me after our testimonial match on Tuesday that the club would not be offering me a new contract," the former England international posted on Twitter.

"I have loved every minute of the three years I have spent at such a fantastic club. I would like to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish them well for the future."

Owen, having not played a competitive game since November, arrived at Old Trafford from Newcastle on a free transfer in 2009, and went on to win his first Premier League medal in 2011.

The Chester-born forward notched more than 200 goals for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle, plus 40 goals in 89 England international appearances prior to signing for Ferguson.

The 2011-12 campaign was one of huge frustration for Owen, who played just four games, scoring three goals. The excellent form of Danny Welbeck at the start of the season reduced both his and fellow striker Dimitar Berbatov's first-team opportunities.

The 31-year-old Owen will face a tough challenge in resurrecting his once glittering career, having been named European Player of the Year in 2001.

"I now plan to have a short holiday during which I will contemplate my next move," he concluded.

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