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Owen Hargreaves rejoins Manchester United's first-team squad for title run-in
Published : 26 Mar 2010 00:20:31Rss feed
The England midfielder ended 18 months on the sidelines following double knee surgery by making a 45-minute appearance for their reserves against Burnley last Thursday. Hargreaves was omitted from the second-string squad for the return fixture at Accrington on Thursday night, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. But United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he is hopeful that the player will be able to return to first-team duty before the end of the season. Related ArticlesDidier Drogba spearheads African Six Pack at World CupBolton v Man United: previewHargreaves fears pain may hinder full recoveryHargreaves return a painful onePremier League predictionsSport on television"Owen is going to be training with the first team and we'll see where that takes him," said Ferguson. "We're keen to get him back involved because he's an experienced player and will be a valuable addition for us in the run-in, when having a strong, fit squad is vital." FC United, the club formed by disaffected Manchester United supporters following the takeover of the club by the Glazer family in 2005, are planning to build a new stadium in Newton Heath the original base of the Old Trafford club. Talks are under way to secure £3.5 million funding for a 5,000-seat stadium that would enable FC United to vacate their current base, Gigg Lane, the home of League Two club Bury. FC United general manager Andy Walsh said: "The significance of this location is historical while it will also showcase a new model of facility development, based on supporter ownership and community involvement."