The Manchester United manager has been encouraged by the form of the 31-year-old striker since he returned to training following a hamstring injury.
'He is looking really good,' said Ferguson. 'He has trained really well this week. People may have forgotten just what a good player Michael is.
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'He's had a nightmare time with a bad hamstring injury but now he deserves a change of luck. If he can stay fit, I believe he has an important part to play for the club between now and the end of the season; there's no doubt about that. He still has a great engine.
'There has never been a problem with him since he came to United. He is great to have around. He conducts himself well and is a great example to the younger players.
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