Date: 26th March 2010 at 6:06pm
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Owen Hargreaves is now at the penultimate stage of his comeback: he’s started training with the first team instead of spending some more time with the Reserves. It is now all about sharpness and stamina and he will be carefully monitored in the coming days to determine when he can return to first-team action.

Sir Alex said: ‘He`s going to be training with the first team and we`ll see where that takes him. 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.’

Sounds great – but does he actually believe that Hargreaves can make a meaningful contribution after 18 months on the sidelines? I doubt it, to be honest. A few substitute appearances, maybe, but I’d be very surprised if he managed to start a single league game this season.