FERGIE BACKS OWEN TO PLAY

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he expects Michael Owen to play because of the remaining Premier league matches, as Manchester United look to win their 20th Premier league title.

Michael Owen is out of contract at the end of the season, while he has also not been fit for most of the season.

However, he has just resumed full training and is expected to be back in the first-team fold in the next few weeks. Only four matches remain in the Premier league this season and Manchester United hold a five-point advantage going into the season finale.

United, however, still have to play Manchester City at the Etihad stadium, which promises to be a thrilling encounter. Even though Sir Alex Ferguson has a number of strikers at his disposal, the Scot has said that Michael Owen could play a big role in the remaining few matches due to his experience.

The 32-year-old joined United a few seasons ago, but his time at Old Trafford seems to be coming to an end. United will be taking on Everton at Old Trafford this weekend, but Sir Alex Ferguson said that this match may come a little bit too soon for the former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker.

"If there's a player who can score an important goal at any stage of the match it's him. Michael Owen's been training with the first-team for about a week now. That's good news. When he gets an injury it's never an easy one - it's months rather than weeks. It's unfortunate because he's a fantastic striker. He won't be involved on Sunday, though," said Ferguson ahead of the match with Everton. Everton come on the back of the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final.

It looks like the injuries may have cost Owen any chances he had of getting into the England team for this summer's tournament, though that shouldn't put you off sticking a bet on euro 2012, and England making the final!