Although the striker will not feature against Everton on Sunday, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he expects the experienced attacker to play some part in the run-in.
"Michael Owen's been training with the first-team for about a week now," revealed the manager. "That's good news. If there's a player who can score an important goal at any stage of the match it's him.
"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.
"We want to try and get Michael back. If we get him back and he continues his training, he'll be in contention as a sub. He won't be involved on Sunday, though. But for his injuries, who's to say what sort of career he'd have had?"