Date: 18th May 2012 at 9:57am
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Ferguson has paid tribute to after the striker revealed on Thursday his contract with Manchester wont be renewed.

The striker who arrived at United in July 2009 played 52 games for the , scoring 17 goals in the process.

Sir Alex told ManUtd.com:

“It is a pleasure to have had Michael at . Michael is a consummate professional and was an influential figure in our dressing room. Unfortunately he had no luck with his injury this season.

“Michael’s record of goals per game is exceptional and we wish him all the best for the future.”