Sir Alex Ferguson believes Michael Owen can play an important part in Manchester United's end of season run-in, as the club looks to clinch its 13th top-flight title from the grasp of local rivals Manchester City.
The 32-year-old striker is back in full training, and having not featured for the Red Devils first-team since November, has been tipped to make an impact off the bench in one of the final few games in 2011-12.
"Michael Owen's been training with the first-team for about a week now," Ferguson told the club's official website. "That's good news.
"If there's a player who can score an important goal at any stage of the match it's him."
A series of niggling injuries meant Owen has been forced to settle for a role on the fringes of the Red Devils' starting line-up - a story that has become all too familiar during the former England international's three frustrating years at Old Trafford.
Ferguson admitted that this weekend's Premier League clash at home against Everton will come too soon for Owen, but after that he is expected to be ready and in contention for a return to the action.
"When he gets an injury it's never an easy one - it's months rather than weeks," added the United boss. "It's unfortunate because he's a fantastic striker.
"We want to try and get Michael back. If we get him back and he continues his training, he'll be in contention as a sub.
"He won't be involved on Sunday, though. But for his injuries, who's to say what sort of career he'd have had?"
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