Sir Alex Ferguson has some good news for United fans in regards to our midfield injuries. With Anderson starting his first game since February in the week, the manager has today revealed that Michael Carrick is back in training and Owen Hargreaves is looking good for a return. It can only be a positive thing for the team to have three central midfielders returning to take the pressure off Darren Fletcher and Paul Scholes.

“Owen has come back training, he trained yesterday with the first team,” said Ferguson. “He looked very good. I was surprised actually how good he was looking. It’s an extra string to our bow. After being out for so long, we’ll have to monitor him and see how he progresses in the next few weeks. But it’s good to see him back. Because he’s been out for so long you have to see whether there’s going to be a relapse. That’s the first thing on our mind. But having watched him in training, if he continues that way he’s going to give me a selection problem.”

Michael Carrick is also back on the training field. “Michael started training last week,” Ferguson continued. “He had an injection on his Achilles to settle it down. It was nothing serious, just one of those niggling little problems you can get, particularly at the start of the season when grounds are firm. He’s fine, he’s started training.”