Sir Alex Ferguson has today conceded that maybe he should have left Michael Owen out of our Champions League match against Wolfsburg in the week after our striker missed a day’s training through injury.

However, the manager says that after Sunderland, Owen will be available for our next game, which is against Bolton following the International break.

“We expect him to be available for the next game, it certainly won’t be three weeks,” said Ferguson. “We are quite pleased. Obviously it is understandable we wanted to take precautions given his past history, but we are quite comfortable with the situation. He did miss training earlier this week, so maybe we should have left him out. But he wanted to play and I wanted him to play. Thankfully it is not a big problem for us.”