Owen ready for title race

United striker almost ready to return from injury

Michael Owen: United striker has been out of action since November

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Manchester United striker Michael Owen is hoping he can return from injury in time to help the Red Devils clinch the Premier League title.

The 32-year-old has been out since November with a thigh problem but is now back in training and is almost back to full fitness.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will welcome Owen's return and has said he thinks he could provide the touch of class the Old Trafford outfit need as the season draw to an exciting climax.

Owen has made just four appearances this term but is hoping he can prove his manager right and figure in a winning campaign for the Red Devils.

"It's been a tough few months, seeing the lads running out one way to the pitches and me walking another to the gym," he told reporters.

"The end is nearly in sight. I've just started training again so hopefully in a few weeks I'll be back and hopefully available for selection."

The former Liverpool man believes the experience United have in the dressing room will prove to be the difference in the race for the title with local rivals City.

Fantastic position

He added: "When the fixtures came out, you look at the Man City game third from the end of the season and think 'that's going to be a big game'.

"Now we're eight games from the end, it's looking like it's going to be an even bigger game.

"The lads have done fantastically well over the last couple of months. They've put together a great run of form and we're in a fantastic position.

"We're top of the league but it's going to be close - it's going to go down to the wire.

"But it's reassuring to look around our dressing room and see the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney.

"They are people that have been there, seen it, done it and are guided by a man that has won more titles than most.

"We're in a nice position and we're looking forward to the rest of the season."

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