OWEN Hargreaves is on the verge of a return after 12 months of injury hell.
The England midfielder has been included in United's squad for the first stage of the Champions League - with Sir Alex Ferguson expecting to have him available before the end of 2009.
Hargreaves had operations on both knees to cure tendonitis, which has kept him out since last September and was feared would rule him out until the New Year.
Meanwhile, Fergie is planning a swoop for Catania's Japanese sensation Takayuki Morimoto.
United are lining up a move for the striker at the end of the season.