Hargreaves could still be vital for United??

It seems a long time since Owen Hargreaves was considered for a starting shirt for Manchester United, but that could actually be a reality in the coming weeks – and a player of his ability could be crucial as United look to regain the Premier League title from Chelsea.reteks.ru

The England international has not started a game for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side since September 2008 due to chronic knee problems and only played three minutes last season. He suffered more problems during the summer but his doctor claims he is ready to make a long-awaited return.

A player with the defensive mindedness in midfield like Hargreaves has could be a blessing for United, as they have already slipped five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea due to lost leads.

Against Fulham, Everton and Bolton Ferguson’s men have ended up drawing the game when they had been ahead. That equates to six points lost, and those points could prove crucial come the end of the season, the football odds suggest United could struggle to make up the ground.

Hargreaves provides some real defensive cover in midfield, something the likes of Scholes and Anderson do not and Michael Carrick strives to but unfortunately cannot deliver . If Hargreaves, now 29, can truly overcome his injury nightmare then he could be a real benefit to Ferguson as they look to overtake Chelsea.

Dr Richard Steadman, who is the player’s doctor, told the BBC: “Owen should play some part on Saturday.

“Our physical therapist, Luke O’Brien, has been working very closely with United’s coaches on his rehab.”

The weekend Premier League betting suggests United should beat West Brom, so it will be a good game for him to make his comeback.

A rather more puzzling injury situation seems to revolve around Wayne Rooney. The striker has been left out of games by Ferguson due to an ankle injury, but the player himself claims he has been injury-free all season.

It will be interesting to see if the conflict between Rooney and his manager rumbles on, and if this, or the striker’s private life problems, affects United’s Premier League title ambitions over the rest of the season.

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