Michael Owen is pushing for a first team return at Manchester United.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted to have his striker back in the mix, suggesting that Owen could be the one to grab a crucial goal for the champions as the season reaches its climax.

Owen told The Sun: "Let's hope he's right. I know that if he's in need of a goal and he puts me on, then I'll certainly be hoping and thinking that I could do what he's said.

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

"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."