Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves will not be offered a new deal at Old Trafford following an injury-plagued four-year spell at the club.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Hargreaves from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich for £17million in 2007, and the combative England international helped the Reds to a domestic and European double in his debut season for the club.
However, tendonitis has blighted his Manchester United career, having only made a total of 39 appearances for the first team.
Last season Hargreaves appeared only once in the first-team, as a 93rd-minute substitute at Sunderland in May 2010.
The problems have continued this campaign, with his playing time restricted to a solitary start against Wolves in November, but even that was ended prematurely after he was substituted just 10minutes in with a hamstring injury.
"This has been a difficult decision knowing how hard the lad has worked to win back his fitness," said Ferguson.
"But we have made it in the hope he will be able to resurrect his career elsewhere."
Another Owen whose future may be in doubt is former England striker Michael, who is coming to the end of his two-year spell with the Red Devils.
In his second campaign at Old Trafford, Owen's game-time has been restricted largely to appearances from the subs bench.
The 31-year-old star could be released in order to make way for the returning Danny Welbeck who is set to be rewarded after impressing in a season-long loan spell at Sunderland.
If he is on his way out, Owen signed off in style with a goal in yesterday's 4-2 final day victory over Blackpool to give himself an outside chance of featuring in Saturday's Champions League final with Barcelona.
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