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Tuesday, 24 April, 2001, 13:55 GMT 14:55 UK
Irwin undecided over Man Utd future
Lee Bowyer outjumps Denis Irwin
It could be Irwin's last season at Manchester United
Manchester United defender Denis Irwin faces a dilemma over his Old Trafford future.

The 35-year-old is undecided if the time is right to move on from United after 11 years, or to accept the club's offer of a new 12-month contract.

Irwin's exisitng deal expires in the summer, and he may be tempted to leave as his first team opportunities have become increasingly limited.

It will be a difficult decision and I will make it with my family
  Denis Irwin

The former Republic of Ireland defender has lost his left-back slot to Mikael Silvestre and has made most of his 25 starts this season at right-back.

Irwin said: on MUTV: "I've not spoken to anybody yet, I probably will speak to the club fairly soon.


"The manager has said they are going to offer me a contract so I've got to listen to them, but I haven't got a clue to be honest.

"Ideally everyone would like first-team football. I've had words with the manager and he's told me what he wants from me if I stay next year, which is fair enough.

"It's up to me to decide if I want that or not."

It is the biggest decision of Irwin's career, and one that he will ponder until the end of the season.

"It will be a difficult decision and I will make it with my family," he said.

"Do I really want to start moving house at my age and move my family?

"I don't know and I will cross that bridge in a month-and-a-half's time," he added.

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