Sir Alex Ferguson has today suggested that Owen Hargreaves could be back in time to face AC Milan.

“I would like to see him make the squad for the Champions League fixtures against AC Milan,” said Ferguson. “But we won’t rush him. We are being patient. Owen is alternating his training with the reserve and first-team squads, working for two days and then resting a day. It’s a matter of him regaining his confidence and when he is able to train every day that will be the moment for him to return to match play.”

But then, Hargreaves was included in the Champions League group stage squad which was selected at the very beginning of September, so I’ll believe it when I see it!