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Man Utd striker Owen left sweating on winning first league medal

Manchester United striker Michael Owen is edging closer to the first league winner's medal in his career.

Rules state players must make 10 appearances to qualify for a medal and a nine-minute cameo at Newcastle on Tuesday took Owen to eight with five games remaining for Premier League leaders Manchester United.

The 31-year-old striker has only started once for Sir Alex Ferguson, in October's goalless draw at Sunderland when he went off at half-time, and has scored once, a late equaliser at Bolton in September.

His deal expires at the end of the season and it is unlikely to be renewed after the success of newcomer Javier Hernandez.

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