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Great News for United as Players Return from Injury

Today should be a good news day as we have only good things to tell. So without too much dilly dallying from my side, let me get on with the roundup.

Owen Hargreaves looks set to feature in the starting XI against Middlesborough. I know we’ve heard this plenty of times in the past month or so, but today it just looks a little convincing.

The return of Hargreaves’ would be a major boost for our side, because, even if he gets to play for 60 minutes, it would be enough to free up Anderson to do his thing against a rather poor Boro. The steel he will provide our midfield with would be invaluable, and the match experience he will get against the Teesiders will set him up nicely for our visit to the Emirates the following weekend.

In more good news, Patrice Evra would also be expected to return against Boro. While that is good to know, we do understand that Pique can perhaps do an adequate job at that position, if need be. Michael Carrick looks like he would be back for the Arsenal game, subject to a scan. Which is again nice to hear.

Our perennial two-weeks from a return man, Gary Neville, is to return to reserves action. He had a false start last time round when he was expected to play against Liverpool reserves. Hopefully he does get through a game, sooner or later.

The skipper does feel awfully bad about not being able to play all this while:

It’s been too long. Missing the end of last season was bad enough but then for it to go into this season as well is doubly frustrating. Hopefully it’s over now and I can get back into the team.

And in keeping with the good vein of injury news, we have our long forgotten Park Ji-Sung who is expected to return in January. One wonders, though, where he would feature in the midst of so much talent at our disposal. I personally like the player a lot. His lung busting, tireless running is very handy, and he can also play across the midfield and upfront.

Finally, we are yet to hear anything concrete about Paul Scholes who, has now been sent for a second scan to assess the extent of his injury. We wait for bated breath and hope he doesn’t stay out for long.

So that’s the injury news for now. But before we end this here’s a little joke to lighten up the day. This is from the Guardian:

Liverpool’s manager, Rafael Benítez, will have to guide his team to the Premier League title to justify the £40m the club invested in new players in the summer, according to the club’s co-owner Tom Hicks. “One of the reasons we made the signings we did in the summer was to create the depth we now have. Rafa explained to George and me that is how you win the Prem, because you have to play every team twice,” Hicks said. “This squad is good enough to win things. It should be winning things. If it doesn’t we’ll have to look at the circumstances and have a meeting at the end of the year to understand what happened. I don’t want to predict failure, I want to predict success.”[Link]

Such deluded people. An investment should have been made on a manager too. But then who are we to be giving them ideas!