Michael Owen has hinted he will consider retiring if Manchester United don't offer him a new contract at the end of this season.
Owen's current deal expires at the end of the season and the former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker has yet to be offered a new contract.
The 30-year-old has endured an injury-ravaged time with United and is sidelined again at present due to a hamstring problem.
He has started just six league games since arriving at Old Trafford last year and with the emergence of young Mexico striker, Javier Hernandez, this season, Owen knows there is a decent chance boss Sir Alex Ferguson will deem him surplus to requirements.
On the other hand, a stunning start to Javier Hernandez’s career at Manchester United has increased the weight of expectation on the Mexico striker, while Wayne Rooney struggles with fitness and form.
The 22-year-old off-season recruit could face his toughest domestic test yet against Tottenham on Saturday, having hit three goals in his last two games to clinch victories over Stoke in the English Premier League and Wolverhampton in the League Cup.
United is already five points adrift of leader Chelsea, with the 18-time champions tied on 17 points with Arsenal and Manchester City.
On Saturday, Chelsea is at Blackburn, Arsenal hosts West Ham and Manchester City goes to Wolverhampton.