United confirm Owen exit

Striker heads list of official Old Trafford departures

Michael Owen: Looking for a new club after leaving Manchester United

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Manchester United have thanked Michael Owen for his service and wished him well for the future after confirming the release of the striker and three other players.

Owen announced at the end of last season that he would be leaving Old Trafford after the club decided not to offer him a new contract.

He had not featured for the Red Devils since November due to a thigh injury but has ruled out retirement and reports suggest he could join Stoke this summer.

Owen joined United in 2009 and has been an important squad player over the past three years, having previously played for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Newcastle.

United have also confirmed the departure of Tomasz Kuszczak, who has already been snapped up by Championship club Brighton after five years at Old Trafford.

Fellow goalkeepers Liam Jacob and Joe Coll, both 18, have also been released by United.

Oldham have agreed a deal to bring in promising Australian Jacob on a one-year contract.